Cambrian News photographer - Geoffrey Taylor celebrates his 80th birthday with friends Mary Evans, Christine Davies, Margaret Garnett, Pam Woodward, Howell Hughes, Alma Land and Christine Summer

A WARTIME evacuee who considers Aberystwyth his “home town” after spending part of the war years as a young child in the town at the height of the Blitz has returned to celebrate his 80th birthday.

The Cambrian News reported “Geoffrey Taylor, who turned 80 on Thursday, 24 May, came to Aberystwyth aged six from his home in London, living in Buarth Road, to escape the worst of the German bombing raids during the Second World War.

He returned to the town to celebrate his 80th birthday with a group of local friends, organised by friend Mary Evans.

Mr Taylor, who said he has “very fond memories” of his time in Aberystwyth as a child, has returned to the town at least once a year for the past 70 years with his family.

Mr Taylor, who now lives in Guildford in Surrey, said: “I have always considered Aber to be my home town and bought a house in Bontnewydd some years ago.

“I have many happy memories growing up here and on my subsequent adult family visits.

“I have never met such friendly people as those here.”

Thousands of children were evacuated to the Aberystwyth area at the height of the Second World War, mainly arriving from London and Liverpool” here.

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