PARTY TIME: Percy Wallis is inviting all to his 90th birthday bash.
PARTY TIME: Percy Wallis is inviting all to his 90th birthday bash. Trevor Veale

Don't wait for an invitation, it's an 'open house'

HE MAY be heading toward a century, but Percy Wallis is proof you are only as old as you feel.

This month, the long time local celebrates his 90th birthday and he and his family are inviting everyone to come and celebrate.

"We're calling it an 'open house'," his daughter Helen said.

"Anyone who knows him is welcome to pop in and say hello - we're very proud and excited."

Mr Wallis, who has lived in Woolgoolga for 50 years, was well known as the school bus driver between Woolgoolga and Grafton.

He also owned a courier service that delivered between the two towns.

"He actually drove Troy Cassar-Daley to school - he still remembers him," Helen said.

After retiring, his passion became gardening and his rose garden won him the title of Grand Champion in the local garden competitions for six years running.

Locals will see him riding his scooter into town with his beloved dog DeeDee.

"He goes downtown to do his shopping and everyone knows he's there; he just waits outside the butcher and the bakery and they come out to serve him.

"He's very spritely and loves this town."

The party will take place at the Woolgoolga Marine Rescue hall on August 23 from 1.30pm.


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