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108th birthday celebrations for Gerrards Cross man
ONE of Britain’s oldest living men is celebrating yet another milestone this week after celebrating his 108th birthday in Gerrards Cross.
Arthur Twibell blew out the candles on the landmark occasion alongside his family at Swarthmore Care Home on Marsham Lane.
The centenarian former electrical engineer, who lived independently until three years ago, is thought to be the third or fourth oldest man alive in Britain today.
And his son Rod Twibell, 68, said he is a popular addition to the home, where the staff joined Arthur and his family to help mark the occasion on Monday.
"The carers here think he is wonderful," he said. "He is always making nice comments to the staff and they love that."
"My father is still fairly well, and manages to walk without a stick. In fact, the staff found he had gone out and wandered off down the garden for a stroll the other day."
Rod contacted the operator of a website which charts the oldest living Britons, who confirmed that though hard to verify, his father is probably the third of fourth oldest man alive in the country.
Arthur is just seven years younger than the oldest ever Briton Charlotte Hughes, who died in 1993 aged 115.
He regularly drove until hanging up his car keys aged 101, and was a keen artist throughout his adult life, creating carvings, drawings and paintings to a high standard.
The great grandfather of four was joined by two of his youngest descendants on Monday, with ten-year-old Hannah Emery and her brother Lewis, 8, making the trip to see him.
Born in 1905, Arthur was too young to see active service in the First World War and was kept in the UK with his job classed as a reserved occupation during World War Two.
Originally from Rochdale, he has now moved into his South Bucks home to be close to his son Rod.
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