Happy 109th birthday to Britain’s oldest man

Reg Dean celebrates his 109th birthday in Wirksworth.
Reg Dean celebrates his 109th birthday in Wirksworth.

“TREAT every moment as though it was your last”

If ever there was an inspirational motto it is that of former church minister Rev Reg Dean - thought to be the oldest man in Britain and an amazing 109 tomorrow Friday October 4.

He has packed in a staggering list of achievements and remains incredibly healthy with a lust for life far younger than his years.

Birthday celebrations have so far included a party with the Dalesman Male Voice Choir he formed, and still leads, while he is nominated to carry the Olympic flame before the London 2012 games.

“I don’t feel 109, I feel sometimes I may be 110 or 111 and other times 108”, joked grandad Reg, who lives at Waltham House, Wirksworth.

“I think it’s amazing but then it’s not surprising, I’m in very good health. I believe I must have a guardian angel.

“I’ve made so many mistakes, I have done so many foolish things, but at the end they’ve all been put right.”

See today’s Derbyshire Times for the full story and more pictures.