Supping Guinness has proved to be the elixir to a long and healthy life for centenarian Bob Sanders, who last week celebrated his 100th birthday.

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Retired headteacher Bob was joined by his family and friends for two parties to celebrate his mammoth milestone birthday.

The Harding House resident received limited edition Guinness goodies – and the makers of the popular Irish stout even sent him a letter of thanks to mark the occasion.

Exmouth mayor John Humphreys presented Bob with a can of his favourite tipple, while Royal Air Force Association director Paul Baker gave him a certificate congratulating him on becoming the third centenarian in the RAFA.

Bob’s birthday celebrations included a visit from his son Nigel, who flew in from Canada.

Along with more than 50 other guests, they enjoyed a birthday lunch at the Royal Beacon Hotel.

Bob’s daughter Val Dolby, of Scott Drive, Exmouth, said her dad credited his long life to the love of his close-knit family of five children, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren – with two more due in October – and most of all to his late wife, Kathleen, who he was married to for more than 50 years.

Val added: “He’s always been really positive. He’s always had good health and a wonderful sense of humour. He’s just a real gentleman.”

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