Happy 100th Alf!

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A Broughty Ferry centenarian has attributed his long life and good health to looking after himself.

Alfred Downton celebrated his century today (Thursday) at his home in Broughty Ferry with an informal gathering of friends, family and neighbours.

Born in Dundee Alfred attended St Martin’s Primary School and Stobswell School and spent 48 years as a carpet weaver with Thomson, Shepherd and Co. Ltd. and served with the RAF during the Second World War.

During his 100 years Alfred has been most impressed with advances in medical science. He said: “I would say they have made the most rapid strides in medicine. People who would have been dead in my day are now alive and there’s more to come.”

Alfred attended Duncan of Jordanstone and for a time studied under James McIntosh Patrick. Many of the paintings which adorn his home are his own and he is still a keen painter.

An avid fitness fan Alfred has turned his hand to many sports in his time, from body building to bowls and maintains that staying healthy is the secret to longevity.

Laughing he said: “Eat your porridge in the morning!

“I’ve always looked after myself, I attended the Wardmill Gymnasium when I was in the 31st Company of the BBs.

“I was a keen bowler and I just gave that up recently, although I feel like I could start indoor bowling again.”

Alfred is very green-fingered and proud of his garden and at one point had an allotment on the Law Hill at Kinnaird Gardens.

He is also a regular and well-known face at services at the New Kirk in Broughty Ferry and his friends from church and from the bowling have organised a party in his honour on Sunday.