GRANTHAM’S newest centegenarian, Harold Millhouse, will celebrate his birthday with a party at the Farrier this weekend.
Harold, of Dysart Road, Grantham, turned 100 yesterday (Feb 24) and received his letter of congratulations from the Queen in the post.
Harold used to be an engineer draughtsman and worked at the Woodland Trust for ten years and spent 50 years working for a company in Newark where he dealt with aircraft carriers, battleships and submarines.
Harold, who has never married and has no children, is unsure of the secret to his longevity.
He said: “I have no idea why. It just happens.
“I have kept quite fit and healthy. I do get a bit dizzy when I’m walking and I have a blindspot in the centre of each eye, but other than that I’m okay.”
The secret could be in Harold’s genes. His cousin Bernard turns 97 this year. Harold was once a keen piano player until his failing eyesight limited his ability to play. In recent months he has given up his television in a bid to preserve his eyesight.
Harold said: “It got to the point where I had to be 18 inches from the screen to see and I’m not going to sacrifice my eyesight for a bit of TV.”