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Bob Sanders who turned 100 on Thursday, 12 July. Bob enjoys a tipple of Guiness. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 6865-28-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24
Thursday, July 19, 2012
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.
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.”