Saffron Walden centenarian puts longevity down to exercise

Eddie O'Connor, who celebrated his 100th birthday on December 29

Eddie O'Connor, who celebrated his 100th birthday on December 29

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A Saffron Walden man celebrated his 100th birthday just after Christmas and attributed his longevity to the amount of exercise he took when he was younger.

Eddie O'Connor with his son David, two grandsons, two granddaughters and five great grandchildrenEddie O'Connor with his son David, two grandsons, two granddaughters and five great grandchildren

Eddie O’Connor was surrounded by his family and friends for his special milestone birthday on December 29 and gave a speech regarding his life.

Mr O’Connor, who still drives and has no assistance in his home, retired to Saffron Walden in the early 1980’s from north London, having worked as a company secretary in the City.

He met his late wife Eileen at work and following retirement, the pair involved themselves in many activities in the town.

He told family and friends how, at the age of two, he can remember his mother hanging a flag out of the window to celebrate the end of the First World War.

Mr O’Connor went on to serve his country in India during the Second World War.

The centenarian puts his continued good health down to the amount of cycling and walking he used to do, and says he still likes to walk across Saffron Walden Common several times a week.

His son David said: “We had a wonderful day with all his relatives together, there were 40-odd of us there.

“You can talk to him now just as you would 40 years ago, he hasn’t changed.”

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