Bracing air is Syd’s secret for a long life

Memorable Day: 104-year-old Syd Pope recieves a special  welcome on latest trip to  Skegness.
Memorable Day: 104-year-old Syd Pope recieves a special welcome on latest trip to Skegness.

The bracing Skegness air and a tot of whisky is the secret of a long life according to 104-year-old Sydney Pope.

Veteran visitor Syd received a special welcome when he arrived in town last week.

Syd has been making regular trips to the resort for 90 years, but this one proved something special.

Stepping off his coach Syd was surprised to be greeted by Mayor Coun George Saxon and Mayoress Julie Saxon.

The welcome party also included the Jolly Fisherman, Carnival Queen Chloe Brazier and Rosebud Kimberley Ellis.

Syd, from Branston in Leicestershire, was joined on the day trip by his son Raymond.

He said: “Skegness is absolutely marvellous. I have been coming for 90 years.

“The people have changed but the place hasn’t altered that much, it is more or less the same as it always was.”

He added: “I think the secret of a long life has been a tot of Scotch and Skegness air.”

After arriving Syd was treated to a fish and chip lunch at the Marine Boathouse pub on Lumley Road

Coun Saxon said: “I’ll never get to that age, you can tell that by looking at my face.

“To meet someone of 104 who can walk with a stick and has all their faculties is amazing. It great that Skegness is so bracing and then with a tot of Scotch at night you can’t beat that.”

Great-grandfather Syd spent his life working with horses and served in the Second World War. Widowed in 1984, he still lives in his own home.