A MAN described by family and friends as a living legend reaches the grand age of 107 this week.
Tom Peers will celebrate the amazing milestone with his friends and staff at Riversdale Care Home in West Kirby this Thursday.
Born in Birkenhead in 1913, he is described by granddaughter Jess Clarke as as a ‘living legend’ – an incredible man who has lived through two world wars.
The father of three, grandfather of seven and great-grand of five was a butcher at the Co-op for 50 years. He travelled the Middle East as a chef in World War II.
He has spent his whole life in Wirral and is described as the strong figurehead of a loving and ever-growing family.
Tom, aged around 11, 1924. Picture courtesy of Jess Clarke
Granddaughter Jess Clark has compiled a DVD featuring more than 60 birthday messages from Tom's family and friends locally and across the world, Wirral's mayor Tony Smith and the Co-Op's chief executive.
Celebrating her grandfather's birthday, Jess said: "He retains a great sense of humour, has a razor-sharp memory of his many years and experiences, and captivates many an audience with his stories of old and new.
"He is a living legend and touches the hearts of everyone he meets.
"It has been a difficult time for Tom during the Covid-19 restrictions which have prevented his family and friends from visiting him in his care home."
Tom, summer 2019, aged 106, enjoying half a bitter with his two sons . Picture courtesy of Jess Clarke
"Shortly before the Covid-19 restrictions he moved into a care home after a series of falls so a lot of changes have happened over a short period of time.
"He is very much loved by all and we want him to know this more than ever on his special day."
From all of us at the Wirral Globe, have a very happy birthday Tom.