Gravesend great-grandad plays with Elvis on 100th

PUBLISHED: 09:29 04 August 2011

Bob Mealin turned 100 yesterday

Bob Mealin turned 100 yesterday

»Joined by members of his huge family, including 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren, a music lover was due to celebrate his 100th birthday playing alongside his hero Elvis.

Bob Mealin, who has lived in the Gravesend area since he was four, notched up the century yesterday at Dene Holm Care Home, Northfleet, with a party featuring a Tribute to the King of Rock ’n’ Roll.

A keen musician who played a number of brass instruments with both Gravesend Borough and Northfleet Silver bands, he still performs hymns on his keyboard every Sunday for the home and was expecting to join in yesterday as well.

“My life has been music. I can only play the keyboard with the one hand but I love it,” he said.

Playing the euphonium with Northfleet Silver Band up to the age of 74, he only quit to care for his wife Elsie, who died 10 years ago aged 86 after 66 years of marriage.

Mr Mealin, a former painter and decorator, was joined by his seven children, who came from as far as Cardiff in Wales for the big day.

Unfazed by the landmark occasion Mr Mealin said he had lived a clean and healthy life, giving up smoking 40 years ago, although he still enjoys a beer every now and again.

“I don’t think I am anything special,” he said modestly. “I don’t know why everyone is making such a fuss.”

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