Honiton man celebrates 105th birthday

PUBLISHED: 11:30 04 June 2015

Abbeyfield sheltered housing resident Arthur Harris celebrated his 105th birthday on May 22 and is pictured with fellow residents, staff and volunteers enjoying a glass of sherry. Ref mhh 8153-22-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Abbeyfield sheltered housing resident Arthur Harris celebrated his 105th birthday on May 22 and is pictured with fellow residents, staff and volunteers enjoying a glass of sherry. Ref mhh 8153-22-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Arthur Harris says that his weakly state as a child helped him live a long and healthy life.

Abbeyfield sheltered housing resident Arthur Harris celebrated his 105th birthday on May 22. Ref mhh 8155-22-15SH. Picture: Simon HornAbbeyfield sheltered housing resident Arthur Harris celebrated his 105th birthday on May 22. Ref mhh 8155-22-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

One of Honiton’s oldest men has raised his glass to celebrate his 105th birthday.

Bristol-born Arthur Harris, who resides at Abbeyfield Honiton Society’s Stanhope House in High Street, was joined by his fellow residents to celebrate his big day.

The father-of-three, who moved to Honiton in 2006, said he is pretty sure has lived to 105 years old because as a child he was ‘very weakly’.

“I had to take care of my health,” Arthur told the Herald.

“When I was 16, I was working at a big printing firm in Bristol and had a 30-minute walk to the factory.

“I was about 16 and all my friends were smoking and I was not because I had trouble with bronchitis.”

On the way home, Arthur bought a pack of Woodbines [cigarettes] and smoked a couple, making him feel ‘lousy’ and spoiling his tea.

Since then, he has not smoked again and, coupled with the occasional shandy here and there, has lived on to the grand old age of 105. He added: “I am pretty confident that has been the reason why I have managed to be healthy enough to live to this age.”

A keen cyclist and cricketer in his day, Arthur remains an active resident, participating in house quizzes and various group outings.

Carol Capron, house manager, congratulated Arthur, adding: “He is articulate and he puts our memories to shame.

“Arthur still involves himself in everything, and is very much a part of the house. He is superb.”

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