Sprightly Regis 109

Britain's oldest man: Reg Dean, who is president of Belper's Dalesmen Male Voice Choir, is 109
Britain's oldest man: Reg Dean, who is president of Belper's Dalesmen Male Voice Choir, is 109

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.