Chesterfield’s Jack Reynolds – the oldest Brit to brave the ice bucket challenge – turns 103

Jack Reynolds celebrates his 103rd birthday.
Jack Reynolds celebrates his 103rd birthday.
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A Chesterfield pensioner who hit headlines last summer when he became the oldest Brit to brave the ice bucket challenge has turned 103.

Jack Reynolds, of Hollingwood, reached the grand age on Easter Monday – after celebrating with family on Saturday night.

Happy 103rd birthday, Jack!

Happy 103rd birthday, Jack!

Giving the secret to a long and happy life, Jack – one of Derbyshire’s oldest men – said: “Work hard, always smile, get plenty of fresh air and last but not least have a tot of Grouse whisky in your tea in the morning and a tot before bed.”

His daughter, Jayne, said: “My dad’s amazing.

“He lives alone without any help.

“He’s an avid Facebook user and a whizz on his iPad.

“We celebrated his birthday with a party on Saturday night – we all had a brilliant time.

“It was at his house and about 30 of his close family attended.

“He ordered £100 of Chinese to be delivered!”

Life-long Chesterfield resident Jack completed the ice bucket challenge dressed in nothing but a pair of Union Jack boxer shorts – before celebrating with a glass of whiskey.


The story featured first in the Derbyshire Times before being picked up by scores of national newspapers.

Jack, who has four children, eight grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, worked at Staveley Works for 40 years before he retired in 1975.