Les celebrates his 90th with the Queen

Les Belshaw celebrates his 90th Birthday with the Queen. pic Richard Ponter 161702a
Les Belshaw celebrates his 90th Birthday with the Queen. pic Richard Ponter 161702a
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A Scarborough man turns 90 today and will share his birthday celebrations with the Queen.

Throughout the family the story has always been told that Les Belshaw was born within the hour of Queen Elizabeth II. Today he celebrates his 90th birthday with family and friends. Les moved to Scarborough at a young age and has spent his life in the seaside town.

Les Belshaw celebrates his 90th Birthday with the Queen. pic Richard Ponter 161702b

Les Belshaw celebrates his 90th Birthday with the Queen. pic Richard Ponter 161702b

Called up for World War Two, Les was taken prisoner in early 1945 and celebrated his 19th birthday in a Prisoner of War camp.

His son Chris Belshaw said: “He was signed up when he was 18, all I was doing at that age was having a drink and he was fighting a war.

“I’m so proud of him and that generation.

“He is very well loved and thought of in the family.

“Let’s hope he gets to 100 and the Queen invites him down for a garden party. When she was 80, he was invited to one but he wasn’t very well.”

“I just want to wish him a happy birthday from all of us.”

Les married Norma in 1952, the couple celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2002. The pair had five children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.