BRITAIN’S oldest man, Reg Dean, is not planning on giving up the title any time soon.
Sprightly Reg, who is a founder member and the current president of the Belper-based Dalesmen Male Voice Choir, celebrated his 109th birthday on Friday.
But the ex-teacher at Belper’s former Herbert Strutt School says his health is so good that he is aiming to reach at least the grand old age of 112!
He said: “I am very glad to be turning 109.”
The Dalesmen helped Reg celebrate his milestone with a birthday lunch at the Peveril of the Peak Hotel, near Ashbourne.
Choir members sang a few songs for him and he was given a birthday cake bearing the special numbers, 109.
Reg was a founder member of the choir when it was formed in 1987. He stills attends rehearsals and concerts when he can, but he no longer sings.