‘Inspirational’ boxing fan Jack, 103, is proud as punch

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Jack, 103, with care home staffA keen boxing fan is proving a real knockout for care home staff in Rutland, who held a party to help celebrate his 103rd birthday.

 

John Dalby, known as Jack, marked the milestone by celebrating with his family at Rutland Care Village in Barleythorpe Road, Oakham.

 

Having been a resident there for just under a year, staff said Jack has made a big impression, describing him as ‘an inspiration’.

 

Jack remains proud of his independence and is encouraged by the staff to help himself from the residents’ kitchen and from the supply of refreshments and snacks made available. He loves an occasional mug of Oxo and regularly watches football and boxing with other residents.

 

He said: “I still don’t feel any older.”

 

Marlene Draycup, Jack’s daughter, said: “Dad was a bit overwhelmed he had reached 103. He still enjoyed the day though.”

 

Carer Kieren Wilson said: “If I live to be 103, I hope I am as able and lively as Jack.”

 

Jack previously worked in the ironstone quarries in Market Overton and Clipsham and prides himself on his independence following the death of his wife 10 years ago.

 

The party, held on Saturday, September 27, was attended by Jack’s three daughters, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

 

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