Dennis Rawkins has proved you’re never too old to try something new. Or to try it again.
To celebrate his 100th birthday, Dennis, from Stubbington, went on two helicopter rides – one while visiting his son Douglas in Solihull, and the other in Stubbington.
‘I haven’t done much flying in my life and this was a new experience, but I wasn’t at all fazed by it. It was very thrilling,’ says Dennis.
On his trip in Solihull, Dennis flew over Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle. His local trip was organised by the family of his late wife Vera, and took him on a flight around the Isle of Wight.
During the Second World War, Dennis was an officer in an anti-submarine unit, and worked for the Zurich Insurance Company before and after the war.
For his birthday, Dennis received 65 cards, including one from the Queen, a hamper from Zurich and 14 bottles of wine.
I haven’t done much flying in my life and this was a new experience, but I wasn’t at all fazed by it. It was very thrillingDennis Rawkins
‘Enough to keep me going for a little while,’ he jokes.
Dennis’s secret to success, surprisingly, is moderation.
He says: ‘I have led quite a quiet life when I come to think about it. I haven’t been abroad on holiday, I gave up smoking 60 years ago, I don’t drink much and now I’m seeing the results.’
But he adds: ‘I’m trying to cram in everything I can – I don’t feel 100.’