Britain’s oldest man has beaten an infection and made a fully recovery to celebrate his 111TH birthday – with a pint and a whisky chaser.
Great-grandfather Nazar Singh was born on June 8, 1904, and has lived through two World Wars, the Titanic, the first moon landing and the invention of colour television.
He grew up in Punjab, India, and moved to England in 1965 to work as a foundry moulder and lived in Walsall for almost 25 years before retiring to Sunderland in 1989.
The centenarian has nine children, 34 grandchildren and 64 great-grandchildren and was married to his wife, Narajan Kaur, for 70 years before she died 12 years ago, aged 90.
He has never had an operation, retains some of his original teeth and has perfect hearing.
Mr Singh’s son, Chain Singh Gill, 62, said the secret to his father’s longevity is a healthy lifestyle and the odd glass of whiskey.
He also revealed he likes to drink milk and almond oil, regularly eats fruit and sleeps for ten hours every night.
His family say he nearly died recently of an infection but pulled through and is currently seeing family in India – where he was pictured enjoying a Stella and a shot.
Mr Gill said: “We thought we had lost him because he had an infection but, thankfully, he is recovering now.
“It’s the care he gets and the food he eats that are most important. He doesn’t eat junk food and that’s what has kept him alive.
“I’m in contact with him, sometimes twice, every single day on the phone and he’s in good spirits.”
Mr Singh was raised in a village in Punjab and from the age of ten helped his family to grow sugar cane, cotton, corn, wheat and later chilli, peanuts, potatoes and rice.
Born into a farming family, he always loved the outdoors and was a big fan of gardening – a hobby he refused to ditch until he turned 107.
Mr Singh met his wife, Narajan, in 1932 when he visited a nearby village and they were later married in a traditional arranged marriage.
The 111-year-old had two sisters and four brothers who have all since passed away.
He returned to his native India at the beginning of the year to be with his family and is now being being cared for by his two eldest sons – the eldest of whom is 78 – and their wives.
Thought to be Britain’s oldest man, Mr Singh received a letter from the Queen on his 100th birthday and has been sent one every year since, along with an annual letter and phone call from the Department For Work and Pensions to see how he is.
In his lifetime, Mr Singh has witnessed the invention of the modern car, mobile phones, televisions, computers and the internet.
He has seen women get the right to vote, the fall of Nazi Germany, the beginning and end of Apartheid and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
The oldest person believed to be alive today is 116-year-old Jeralean Talley, from the United States, who was born in 1899.
There are only two living men believed to be older than Mr Singh – Japanese Sakari Momori and Yasutaro Koide, who are both 112 and were born in 1903