Nuthall man takes on the role of King for the day

Stephen Green celebrates with family members and guests. Photo: Peter Jordan.
Stephen Green celebrates with family members and guests. Photo: Peter Jordan.

The family of a Nuthall man who made history in 2012 by becoming the first person in Great Britain with Downs Syndrome to be elected to serve on a parish council have marked his 50th birthday with a surprise party.

Stephen Green admitted to being “all shook up” by an Elvis-themed celebration at St Patrick’s Church Hall at which he took centre-stage dressed as the legendary King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, having had a lifelong passion for the great entertainer.

More than 100 guests gathered for the special occasion, which was enriched by the presence of friends from Oakfield School, where he is a teaching assistant in music classes.

An Elvis tribute band and a DJ rolled back the years with appropriate music, and film footage showing rock stars from the past and also charting Stephen’s life and what he has achieved, added to the enjoyment of the occasion.

“I will never forget my 50th birthday,” said Stephen. “Everyone has been so kind and I have loved every minute of it.”

In the face of adversity, Stephen, with strong support from his family, has gone on to achieve more than most and he regards his charity work and links with the local community as “my most satisfying roles.”

As well as his role on Nuthall Parish Council, he is a member of the St Patrick’s Church Breakfast Club. He recently opened a sensory room at the Monty Hind Boys Club, was a medal winner at the Special Olympics and has given piano recitals at local schools and in local churches, as well as presenting awards at various events.

More recently, at the invitation of Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry, he visited the House of Commons and Downing Street and had the privilege of sitting in the Prime Minister’s chair.