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Father of BBC Casualty star celebrates 90th birthday in Holywell Bay

By CG_Steve  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

Sam blows out the candles on his birthday cake, surrounded by family and pals from the Newquay Male Voice Choir

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A SINGER and former oil tanker engineer from Holywell Bay celebrated his 90th birthday with friends and family yesterday, including his TV star son.

Sam Thompson enjoyed a party with his twin children Elaine Johns and Derek Thompson, who plays the character of Charlie in BBC drama Casualty.

And he got a shock in his local pub, the Treguth Inn, later in the day when pals from the Newquay Male Voice Choir made a surprise visit to sing ‘Happy Birthday’.

Sam, a great grandfather of three, even sang a rendition of Danny Boy, accompanied by the humming of his fellow singers.

Elaine told the Cornish Guardian her father had thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, and particularly the homemade cake.

She said: “He loved it. The choir really went out of their way for him, which was lovely. He was a bit overwhelmed but it didn’t take him long to join in the singing.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone in the choir who made it possible and who kept it quiet. The cake was wonderful too.”

Derek could not stay for the evening surprise as he had to return to Cardiff for filming commitments, she said.

Sam, who also worked as a museum curator in London, has been a member of Newquay Male Voice Choir for 22 years and has always loved singing. He still lives independently in Holywell Bay.

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