Harry Hill from Bolton-le-Sands was set to hold a garden party for his 100th  birthday on Tuesday but it was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Friends and neighbours decorated Mr Hill’s front garden with flags and sang Happy Birthday to him outside his home.

He said: “I never expected anything like this for my 100th birthday. It is absolutely astonishing.”

The celebration was organised by friends at his local church, Holy Trinity, where he is still a regular attender.

Harry said he had always been a fitness fanatic and continued his daily exercise during lockdown on a walking machine and cross trainer at home. He also swears by a vitamin rich diet and says regular intakes of grape seed oil, olive and linseed oil are the secret to long life.

At 19 Mr Hill entered service with the RAF as an anti-aircraft gunner during the Second World War and was in Berlin when the war ended in 1945. After the war Mr Hill set up an agricultural supplies firm selling animal food supplements to farmers and later became a self defence and fitness instructor.

Rosina, his wife of 73 years, died in 2014.

His sister Josie travelled by taxi from her home in Morecambe, about four miles away, to see him on his special day, though maintaining the recommended 2m (6ft) distance between them.

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