A RESIDENT at Springfield Court Nursing Home in Aughton, who General Montgomery referred to as ‘Snooky’, celebrated his 107th birthday on Wednesday, September 29.
Bill Snook was born in Liverpool and had a successful career in the army before working internationally for Ladbrokes.
He was a volunteer football coach and outlived three wives.
The centenarian knew General Montgomery during his time in the army.
He lived near to Ken Dodd, who used to deliver soap powder in a van around Liverpool when he was a young lad.
Bill recalls, on one particular occasion, hearing him sing in his van while waiting for the rain to stop, and was so impressed by his “lovely voice” invited him to perform at the local barracks the following weekend, which he did……the rest is history!
Elizabeth Wynne from the home said: “Bill enjoys company and is much loved by all the staff.
“He is still able to walk independently, and have a chat with everyone.
“He enjoyed his birthday with the staff and his family.”