ONE of Sunderland’s oldest residents celebrates his 107th birthday today.
Nazar Singh, of Ashbrooke, is looking forward to a celebration with his family and is still as fighting fit as ever.
The centenarian – who has nine children, 36 grandchildren, and 50 great-grandchildren – was born in Punjab, India, but moved to the UK in 1965 to work as a moulder in a foundry.
On retiring he moved to Sunderland in 1989, to be near his many children.
His son Chain Singh Gill, 57, runs the family business, Gills Off License, in Ashdown Road, Farringdon.
“My dad is looking forward to his birthday and still going strong,” he said. “He does a lot of gardening to keep fit, eats healthily and does regular exercise.
“He wants to get the message across to younger generations, that if they want to live a long life like him they must eat healthy foods and exercise.
“He’s had a letter from the Queen every year since turning 100, and is looking forward to getting another.
“We’re going to have a little party today with all the family to celebrate and to keep him happy.”
Nazar has six son, Kartar, 66, Sohan, 63, Mohan, 55, Chain, 58, Piara, 53, and Swaran, 51, as well as three daughters, Bachan Kaur, 68, Resham Kaur, 72, and Harbans Kaur, 48.