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Maurice Sills - St Paul's volunteer, expert proofreader, cricket and football aficionado - turns 100!
28 July 2015
At St Paul's we often talk about our many great treasures, but none are more valued than our very great friend, cricket-loving Maurice Sills, who is celebrating his century stand.
Maurice, a volunteer at the Cathedral since the 1970s, turns 100 today (July 28).
One of the most active people at the Cathedral, former teacher Maurice comes in by Tube most days from his home in north London and is an ever-present at the Cathedral School where he reads to the youngest pupils. He is also the Cathedral's 'go-to' proofreader, casting his eye over most orders of service.
But far from just maintaining his passion for teaching, Maurice also makes good use of his cricket membership both of Middlesex and the MCC at Lord's, as well as their London rivals Surrey at the Oval.
And if that wasn't enough, you can still find Maurice in the Carrow Road stands of Norwich City Football Club, a team he has followed for decades.
The oldest of six boys, Maurice was born in 1915 and grew up in South London. In the Second World War he joined the Royal Navy, serving as a Petty Officer in the North Atlantic and off Africa.
After the War, he was married to Ellen and trained to become a teacher. He went on to become a headteacher and retired 40 years ago.
In his time volunteering at the St Paul's Cathedral School he has seen many children come and go, but has a particular soft spot for a certain Alastair Cook, now the England Test captain, who he remembers scoring 110 out of a total of 127 in a game against Westminster Abbey.
Now in his 101st year, Maurice shows no sign of slowing down. He recently attended all four days of the Ashes Test match at Lord's, although he had to miss the first morning because of school speech day.
He will celebrate his birthday with his brother (a mere youngster in his 90s) and has been invited to lunch at the Oval later this week.
Everyone at St Paul's wishes Maurice continued health and happiness.
Listen to Maurice interviewed at Lord's and describing watching the great Sir Donald Bradman