Tom, 107, gives secret to getting through lockdown

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A Wirral man celebrated the remarkable milestone of reaching his 107th birthday with a party at his nursing home.

Tom Peers was joined for the celebrations by nursing home staff and a small contingent from his family, who followed social distancing rules.

A small number of family members joined Tom Peers for his 107th birthday party at his West Kirby nursing home

When Tom was born in Birkenhead on April 30, 1913, World War One was still more than a year away.

And while Tom was still a young boy, Britain found itself in the grip of another deadly pandemic – the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 – so he was in a good position to share his wisdom as the country battles Covid-19.

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Tom Peers was born in Linster Street, Birkenhead, on April 30, 1913

He said: "I'm a bit worried about it because of all the people in hospitals.

"I've been healthy all my life and only had measles when I was a lot younger.

"I'm getting on as best I can.

"My tips for staying healthy are to keep active, not to smoke, and don't overdo it on the alcohol. My favourite tipple is half a bitter."

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On reaching his 107th birthday, he said: "I didn't think I'd ever find myself where I am now.

"I worked as a butcher for the Co-op for 50 years. They still pay my pension."

Tom, an only child, was born in Linster Street, Birkenhead and attended Brassy Street School in Laird Street. He left school aged 13 to be an order/delivery boy and delivered meat on his bike in the area.

Tom Peers was a corporal in the army catering corps during World War Two, based mostly in North Africa and the Middle East

During World War Two, he was a corporal in the army catering corps was away mostly in North Africa and the Middle East for three years.

Tom Peers (second from left) pictured with some of his army comrades during World War Two

He returned from the war to his job as a butcher for the Co-op in Grange Road, where he worked for 50 years in total.

He met his wife, Beryl Parr, in his job as she was a cashier in the Co-op. They married in March 1952 and had three children (later seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren). Beryl died in 1988.

Tom was lucky to find love again at the age of 78, meeting his late partner, Edna from Bebington, in 1991 on a coach trip.

They enjoyed over 20 years of many more coach holidays and day trips together across the UK, before Edna passed away in 2018.

Tom recently moved to Riversdale Nursing Home in West Kirby.

Home manager Jenny Hammon said: "Tom keeps himself smart and is very proud of all his children. He's an old-school gentleman.

"He's loved by everybody and to reach the age of 107 is a phenomenal achievement."

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