A centenarian is enjoying a special party today (Friday) to mark his milestone birthday.
Leigh Frank Tyrrell, known as Frank, turned 100 on September 24 and as well as being treated to a journey on the Bluebell Railway with his daughter and grandchildren, he is also enjoying a get together with friends and family at the Dinkum pub today.
The grandfather was born in Brighton and married wife Florence in 1939. They went on to have two daughters and moved to a flat in Windsor Way in Polegate 45 years ago, where Frank still lives today. Sadly, Florence died 18 years ago.
In his early life Frank, who had four sisters and a brother who have all passed away, was a Desert Rat serving in the 10th Armoured Division in World War Two and his war career also saw him in Italy serving with the 46th Infantry Division.
Frank, who went on to become a Sergeant Major, later joined the police force and went on to become a chief inspector. He also worked on the front office in Eastbourne during his police career. The centenarian, who bought his first car as a teenager for eight pounds and 10 shillings, says the biggest change he has seen over the years is in electricity.
Frank, who has received a letter of congratulations from Martin Richards, Chief Constable of Sussex Police, said of his longevity, “My mother died at 99 and I have never had an illness in my life. I don’t get headaches or colds, I just have this terrible arthritis.”