Britain’s oldest man celebrates 110th birthday

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Britain’s oldest man is continuing to set himself goals after reaching the staggering age of 110.

Former church minister Rev Reg Dean, who lives at Wirksworth, near Matlock, has packed an amazing list of achievements into his colourful life.

Reg, who becomes a supercentenarian on Sunday, was born on November 4, 1902, and volunteered as an army chaplain in Burma during the Second World War.

The three-times married father-of-one moved to Wirksworth in 1969, has seen 24 prime ministers and almost unimaginable changes to technology.

He was ordained into the church in the 1920s and became a teacher in 1958 before retiring aged 80. He lived independently until he was 106.

He said: “I remember before the days of tarmac, the roads were all dust heaps. I can remember hearing about the sinking of the Titanic when I was at my uncle’s farm.”

Still involved with the Rotary and Wirksworth’s St Mary’s Church, strict vegetarian Reg’s secret to a long life is a mysterious brown drink given to him by a doctor in India.

“He said ‘if you drink this you will live forever’ - and this is the result,” he recalled.

Reg counts himself ‘lucky’ to have reached old age, having come under shell fire in Burma and being saved by his dog after overdosing on medication.