A GLIDING enthusiast has celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends.
George Wadsworth enjoyed a gathering with his home care team ahead of a meal out in Huddersfield with his family.
He also received a letter from The Queen to acknowledge his achievement.
George was born in Penistone, but grew up in Huddersfield.
He later married Doris and the pair moved to the Midlands and later had two children, Peter and Yvonne.
George spent all his working life as a foreman plumber at a chemical company.
In his 50s he pursued a life-long ambition to learn how to be a glider pilot and achieved a Silver C qualification for completing a five-hour solo flight at 1,000m.
On his retirement the couple returned to Huddersfield.
They shared many new experiences during a round-the-world trip together.
Doris passed away in 2008, sadly six months before her 100th birthday.
Son Peter, 67, said: “His great love was gliding. He belonged to at least two clubs over the years and was involved with a gliding syndicate.
“He continued to enjoy the hobby until his 70s.”
“They also enjoyed regular boating trips on the River Severn.”
George, who has four grandchildren, continues to live in his own home and is supported by a dedicated team of carers.