WALKING enthusiast Wilf Coates has celebrated his 100th birthday.
Wilf, a North Shields resident all his life, celebrated with friends at his home before going out for a meal with 23 members of his family.
A lifelong bachelor, Wilf was employed by Lloyds Bank for most of his working life except for Second World War service in Egypt.
When he was younger, he was a keen badminton and tennis player. He was also an enthusiastic rambler, and, until suffering a fall aboard a bus two months ago, went out every day walking.
He still plays indoor bowls at Cullercoats and is a member of Northumberland Park Bowling Club.