Cyril’s still growing strong at 100

100-year-old Cyril Whitton
100-year-old Cyril Whitton

Sprightly centenarian Cyril Whitton enjoyed a celebratory birthday tea party on Tuesday, at Candleford Court care home in Brackley.

Mr Whitton, who turned 100 on Sunday, was joined by his daughter Val Wall, residents and a huge turnout of former neighbours and friends.

Born in a cottage in Whitfield, Mr Whitton attended the village school and later used to cycle to junior school in Brackley.In 1941, he married his wife Evelyn, also from Whitfield.

In his working life he was a transport mechanic for the Ministry Of Defence.

After war broke out, Mr Whitton joined the RAF as a fitter, travelling widely.

After the war, he returned to the MOD in Bicester.

As well as a card from The Queen on his 100th birthday, Mr Whitton also received a card from Iain Duncan Smith, on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions.

Mr and Mrs Whitton moved to Brackley in the 1940s. Mrs Whitton passed away in 2012.

A keen gardener, Mr Whitton still grows broad beans, runner beans and tomatoes in the garden at the home.

And the secret of a long and happy life? “Good living, exercise and keep getting around,” said Mr Whitton. “That’s what I’ve done, anyway.”