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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Rum and women are tonic for George, 103

Rum, country walks and dancing are among the secrets of a long life, according to 103-year-old George Fisher.

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LONG LIFE: George Fisher celebrates his 103rd birthday

But Mr Fisher, the oldest resident of the Stilecroft Residential Home in Stainburn, Workington, added: “You couldn’t find a better tonic than women’s company.”

He marked his milestone birthday this week with a slice of cake, a generous measure of his favourite tipple and a sing-along.

George, who also smokes a pipe and enjoys a pint in the town’s Henry Bessemer pub every Tuesday, was raised in Great Clifton.

He was stationed in North Wales during the Second World War where he worked in the medical corps.

As a 15-year-old he worked as a coal miner and in his younger days worked as a baker, a builder for Thomas Armstrong and in the former munitions dump at Broughton Moor.

George spent 10 years in the London area after the war, working in pubs, bars and hotels. He met his wife Margaret there.

Niece Eva Ackerlay, 81, said: “He has had 101 jobs. He loves walking and dancing and singing along.”

Longevity runs in George’s family. His three sisters all lived into their 90s, and his mother was 99 when she died.

When he was younger he regularly walked from Cockermouth to Clifton, stopping at every pub on the way.

He was invited to officially reopen Bridgefoot’s Duke of Cumberland Inn last year.

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