War veteran’s secret to long life

Stan Clapham celebrates his 100th birthday at Christ Church in Fulwood
Stan Clapham celebrates his 100th birthday at Christ Church in Fulwood
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NOT worrying is the secret of a long and happy life for a war veteran who has celebrated his 100th birthday.

Great-grandad Stan Clapham – who served in the Army during World War Two, stationed in Burma and the Falkland Islands – still lives almost independently alone.

He enjoys popping out on his mobility scooter around Frecheville and visiting a church social event where he celebrated the milestone day.

Daughter-in-law Carol Clapham, of Hathersage, said: “I think his secret is a mixture of things, including not worrying about tomorrow.

“I think when he came back from the war he went through a period of stress which he came out of and now he doesn’t worry about things too much.

“It’s more thinking about what he is having for tea.

“He eats really well and used to grow his own vegetables.”

Stan, who has lived in Hazelbadge Crescent for sixty years, was a keen snooker player and worked for Brown Brother in Sheffield as a car paint specialist.

He enjoyed a family lunch to celebrate his big birthday on January 13.

But before that he was welcomed to the Friday club at Christ Church Fullwood, where he goes every Friday, for a special cake and relatives joined the party.

Carol added: “Stan has a mobility scooter and he goes out on that when it’s dry to do shopping and so on so he is quite independent still.

“He lives on his own and has carers just once or twice a week.

“He got a lot of cards on his birthday, the telegram from the Queen was late though as it came when he was at Friday club, Stan says he’s crossed her off his list!”