A FORMER railway worker turned 100 and celebrated by going for a dip in the pool.

Evergreen Reg Kidd was in fine spirits as he blew out the candle on his cake at Orchid Care Home in Haydon Wick.

Reg, who survived a stroke to reach three figures, went for a spot of swimming in the morning, before going out for lunch with his niece and her partner and before his fellow residents got together for a party.

His huge cake took the shape of the number 100.

“I’m having a lovely day,” said a beaming Reg. 

“I went swimming this morning which was great.”

Reg had also received a card from the Queen to congratulate him on becoming 100, which he proudly kept near him. 

“It’s wonderful to get a card from the Queen,” he said. 

But, it was the birthday cards he received from his old neighbours in Royal Wootton Bassett, where lived before he moved in the home, that he appreciated the most.

Beverley, one of the care home workers, told the Adver: “He got some cards from his old neighbours and he was so overwhelmed that they had made the effort that they made him cry."

Reg was also looking forward to a visit from his granddaughter Melanie once the festivities had finished. 

“It’s not often that we see someone reach 100,” said Beverley.

“I’ve worked here seven years and I think there’s only been one other person in that time.

“Reg is such a lovely and easy-going person, you can see how positive he is. He’s always smiling and always having a great time. So something like this is just brilliant for him, and for all of us."

Beverley said that Reg’s achievement was a real lift for everyone at the care home after what has been a very difficult time for all. Plastic aprons, gloves and facemasks are still required for all quests visiting the home. 

“It’s been a tough time with our residents not being allowed out, so to have something positive like this happen is really important," she said. "It’s nice to celebrate something.”