Harry Gamper turned 102 this year and celebrated the occasion like it was his 100th, due to the fact that when he actually turned 100, celebrations were cancelled because of Covid.
He enjoyed the milestone at the rest home where he resides, Malin Court Care Home in South Ayrshire, England.
The birthday celebrations involved staff, fellow care home residents and a surprise visit from his son and nephew, who hadn’t seen Harry since Covid started.
Everyone there enjoyed an Italian-themed lunch as well as some cocktails and live entertainment.
When asked about his thoughts on his long life, Harry gave a heartwarming answer.
“Life is beautiful, and I’ve always lived it to the full,” he told Herald Scotland.
I love art, music, good food and the finest wine - all of these things, and the people around you, are what matter most in life.
We appreciate the wise words, Harry!
Gamper has seen a lot in his time, including when he was present at D-Day during WW2 where he was an RAF pilot.
“I’ll never forget it,” he told the Mirror. “For a whole week before D-Day, nobody was allowed off the aerodrome. So, something big was going to happen.”
“The Channel was extraordinary - I think you could have almost walked across the Channel because every boat was going across it.”
He flew over 1,000 hours for his country and was awarded medals for his effort and service in France and Germany.
After serving as a pilot, he married his wife and started a family, having two sons - David and Andrew.
He worked in advertising before retiring in 2009 and moving to Dorset.