As the UK’s oldest living man celebrates his 109th birthday, he said he was very accustomed to Her Majesty’s annual good wishes.
John Tyneswood, who has become the UK’s oldest living man, has said he respects the Queen a lot but has now received nine birthday cards from the King.
Although his record-breaking age has excited fellow residents and the media, Mr. Tenniswood takes a more practical view of the aging process.
He said: “Like wind and rain: it happens.”
His advice to others who want to reach such a large age is simple: “One word…moderation. Don’t eat too much. Don’t drink too much. Try to stay fit.”
He’s having a party at his nursing home in Southport.
Mr. Tenniswood has always loved to walk. Although he is no longer as mobile as in his younger days when he was part of an itinerant community, he does enjoy trips around the rooms of his care home with his shopping cart.
He said, “Swing your legs around is a good exercise. Every day, swing the left and right foot.”
Staff and residents dance and sing to some of Mr. Tenniswood’s most beloved tunes – his favorite vocalist is Frank Sinatra, but the number that gets the biggest reaction from the audience is You’ll Never Walk Alone. Mr. Tenniswood was born in Liverpool and has been a huge fan of the Reds throughout his life.
His happiest memories are his wedding day and the first day to go to school.
Born the same year the Titanic sank, Tennesseewood has seen major changes in society and technology.
“Electricity is the thing that really changed everything, changed people’s lives, as well as introduced radio,” he said.
Mr. Tinniswood still loves to listen to the radio and watch the news and the manager at his nursing home said he keeps them all up to date on current affairs.
“He’s just such a likable guy, a very kind and humble guy,” said Helen Islik who runs The Hollies.
“Residents love him. They have a little gossip and a little chat and he is involved in the entertainment.”
Tenniswood worked for the accounts of oil and gas company Shell, but notes that he is now retired for longer than he was in the business.
He’s lived through two world wars and watched the world change, but Mr. Tinniswood said he always takes life in his stride.
And despite being the oldest living man in the country, he still loves a good party.