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Cornwall man celebrates 110th birthday

Stanley Lucas
Stanley Lucas has seven birthday cards from the Queen

A man from Cornwall who has celebrated his 110th birthday and is thought to be the oldest man in Europe has said he is not quite sure how he reached his age.

Stanley Lucas, who was born on 15 January 1900 and now lives in a care home in Bude, has received seven birthday cards from the Queen.

He said: "I don't know how it happened. I never thought I'd get to this."

But he said his faith was important to him, he had an active life, and good care had helped.

'No half measures'

Mr Lucas, who was born in Morwenstow in north Cornwall, said he was too ill to serve in the armed forces during World War I, and he worked through both world wars as a farmer.

He was a member of Bude Town Council throughout the 1960s and was a keen bowler, still playing when he reached 100.

When asked if his Methodism was important in his life, he replied: "Yes very much so, and no half measures."

His daughter, Phyllis Stevens, said she had her own ideas about how he had made it to such a grand age.

She said: "It's down to hard work, good living, good plain food and good care."

Mr Lucas received his first birthday card from the Queen at the age of 100, and has continued to receive them since reaching 105.

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