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Sunderland man is among Britain’s oldest – at the age of 110

Nazar Singh celebrating his 110th birthday  with family members at Aaryan's, Thorndale Road, Thorney Close, Sunderland, on Saturday.

Nazar Singh celebrating his 110th birthday with family members at Aaryan's, Thorndale Road, Thorney Close, Sunderland, on Saturday.

ONE of Britain’s oldest men has revealed his secret to a long life ... a daily tot of whisky!

Nazar Singh, of Ashbrooke, has celebrated his 110th birthday and swears that taking a drop of whisky and eating like a horse are responsible for him reaching the milestone.

To mark his birthday on Sunday, the great-grandfather received a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

He was sent a letter from the Queen on his 100th birthday and now gets a letter and a phone call from the DWP once a year to see how he is doing in his old age.

Mr Singh’s family are now hoping to find out whether the great-grandfather is Britain’s oldest man.

Son Chain Singh Gill said: “He’s in good sense and can still walk with a frame. He still climbs stairs every day. He eats like a horse and has a diet with a lot of nuts and butter. He also has a drop of whisky every night.”

In his time, Mr Singh, who was born in the village of Gill in India on June 8, 1904, has seen two World Wars, mass floods and malaria outbreaks.

He moved to Walsall in the 1960s to work as foundry moulder before retiring to settle down in Sunderland in 1989.

His wife, Naranjan Kaur, lived to 90 and died ten years ago.

They have nine children, 34 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren.

Mr Gill, who gave up working as a property developer and in off-licence and grocers businesses to look after his father, says family has also been key to his dad’s remarkable age.

He said: “He feels really proud of what his children have achieved. It’s part of what keeps him healthy. He also used to work as a farmer in India which made him strong. We give up our life to look after him as he did for us.

“My father is very dear to me so I want to spend every moment with him,” he said.

“I want to give him the best time.”

He added: “People can’t believe how old he is. He has lost a lot of his memory over the last 12 months, but considering his age he is still in pretty good health.”

The family would now like to make it official that Mr Singh is one of Britain’s oldest residents.

“We don’t have his birth certificate as they didn’t have that documentation then,” Mr Gill said. “But we have his passport. We’d be so proud if he was Britain’s oldest man. We’re all so glad he’s reached this age.”

What was happening in 1904

WHEN Mr Singh was born, Edward VII was on the throne and Arthur Balfour was the Conservative Prime Minister.

Famous people born in the year include Cary Grant, Sir John Gielgud and George Formby.

On January 1 number plates were introduced, as cars were licensed for the first time.

In March, the London Daily Mirror newspaper challenged Harry Houdini to escape from a special handcuff that it claimed had taken Nathaniel Hart, a locksmith from Birmingham, seven years to make. It was reported that 4,000 people and more than 100 journalists turned out for the event. The attempt dragged on for over an hour. During it, Houdini’s wife appeared on stage and gave him a kiss and it is believed that she passed him the key to the cuffs.

June saw the London Symphony Orchestra performs its first concert.

Children’s author Dr Seuss, famous for writing The Cat in The Hat, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and more, was born in March 1904 in Massachusetts, USA.

In December, Rolls-Royce released its first car the 10 hp following an agreement between Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. It was produced at its factory in Trafford Park, Manchester.

The stage play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, premièred in London during December.

 

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