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Ancient Solihull mariner floats on towards his century!

LESS than 12 months off his century grandfather Charles Davis still goes for a morning swim five days a week.

LESS than 12 months off his century grandfather Charles Davis still goes for a morning swim five days a week.

Mr Davis, who turned 99 in December, is the oldest member of The Arden Hotel and Leisure Club near Birmingham Airport and has been going there for more than 30 years.

The father of two - he has a son aged 70 and daughter age 74 - has five grandchildren, is one of the first into the club at his usual time of just after 8am and swims five times a week.

Hotel manager Matt Shakespeare said: “Charles is very well thought of within the leisure club by staff and fellow members.

“You will be hard pressed to find an older leisure member in the Midlands.

“Charles is still very fit both physically and mentally. From speaking to him, keeping fit and having an active social calendar has helped him reach the incredible age of 99 and using the leisure facilities at The Arden Hotel has helped.”

Mr Davis, from Coventry Road, retired in 1975 after working for Jaguar Landrover for more than 30 years.

He also served in the RAF in the Second World War and volunteered to come to Birmingham to work on the Spitfires.

He said: “Coming to Birmingham I made a new start in life.

“I started going to Solihull swimming pools until they started getting crowded.

“Living on my own now, I lost my wife Edna May, 11 years ago, six days before Christmas, I like talking to people.

“I go to lunch four times a week, socialising. I played cricket for years, I was always interested in sport.

“It helps my talking to people - I’ll always say good morning.”

 

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