Lively Allan Wilson, from Romford, celebrates his 100th birthday with chums

A Romford man, who still lives in his own home, celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by friends recently.

Allan Wilson, who was born in Barrow-in-Furness and lived on the south coast for several years, served in the merchant navy during World War II and survived his ship being sunk by a German torpedo.

Janet Darlison, a friend who helped organise the party, said: “He’s amazingly independent. He looks after himself with no help and loves nothing better than a contentious debate about politics or the economy.”

She added: “The party was a lively occasion topped off by the letter of congratulation from the Queen.

“The only disappointment for guests was that Allan could not be persuaded to play his violin for them.”

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