PENSIONER Jack Dixon is getting ready to celebrate his 90th birthday in the same house he’s lived in for 65 years.
And he will mark the occasion with daughter Patricia Mackenzie, 61, who was born in his home in Birdlip Road, Paulsgrove.
Jack moved into the newly-built house in 1947 – and his family are the only ones to have ever lived in the property.
Jack, who worked as a gunner in the army at the time, settled there at the tender age of 25 with his wife Eve and toddler son Alan.
Jack sadly lost his wife 15 years ago but says there’s no place like home.
‘This place is not just a house to me, it’s a home,’ Jack said.
‘It’s where I have brought up all my children and my grandchildren and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
‘I have lots of friends around here because I’ve been here so long and everyone comes up to speak to me. I wouldn’t get that anywhere else.’
Jack will spend his birthday on Friday with his family, having already thrown a line dancing party with his friends.
He goes to four different line dancing classes a week, enjoys a game of curling and leads a weekly walking group in Milton.
The great-grandfather of three added: ‘I’ve always liked to keep active. I’ve done physical work my whole life, so I can’t just stop now.
‘It’s embarrassing when people tell me not to do things because of my age.
‘I can see them looking at me thinking I shouldn’t be doing some of the things I do, but age is just a number to me.
‘Some of the things I do now are what keep me going – the line dancing saved my life.
‘When Eve died I was in a really bad place and that’s when I started the dancing.
‘It got me chatting to people again and gave me something else to focus on which is what I needed.’
Daughter Patricia added: ‘Dad is a real character.
‘He is loved by so many people and always has a smile and a joke or two to tell.’