08:57AM, Tuesday 21 May 2013
Family and friends gathered to celebrate the birthday of Sir Nicholas Winton on Sunday as the man hailed as the 'British Schindler' turned 104.
Famous for his heroic acts when he smuggled 669 children destined for concentration camps out of Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War, Sir Nicholas enjoyed a quite gathering at his Pinkneys Green home in Maidenhead.
Maidenhead MP and Home Secretary Theresa May was among the distinguished guests who attended the party while Sir Nicholas was also joined by many of the Jewish children he had helped save.
Sir Nicholas has been a member of Maidenhead Rotary Club since 1969 and is also the President of the Abbeyfield Society, a charity which provides support and housing for elderly people.
Chairman of the society and fellow Rotarian, David Cager, has known Sir Nicholas for more than 40 years and called his friend an 'inspiration.'
"He is 104 and he is still very active," said David.
"There is a permanent legacy to him."
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