‘Live honestly and care for others’ is 100-year-old Frank’s recipe for longevity  

22 August 2023

Colten Care’s latest centenarian shared his considered advice as he celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends at Canford Chase care home in Poole.

After a morning Skype call with family well-wishers in Australia, Frank was the centre of attention at his party as performers arrived to entertain him and guests with music, dance and circus skills.

For residents and staff at the home, it was a chance to honour a man renowned for being sociable and having a sense of fun.

Frank was born in Southampton in 1923, the second youngest of eight brothers. The family lived in the city’s Long Cross Street, now a football pitch.

Frank remembers the war vividly. “When it came along in 1939, I was 16 years old,” he said. “I remember the bombing raids on Southampton and the damage they inflicted, losing loved ones in the attacks.”

After a period in the Home Guard where he learned how to use weapons such as a Lee Enfield rifle, Frank joined the Royal Navy and went on to serve for three years, seeing action against both the German and Japanese navies.

Later, in civilian life, he became a businessman, setting up and growing a number of engineering and tool manufacturing ventures.

Asked for his secret for a long, happy life, Frank said: “Live as honest a life as you possibly can and look after those around you.”

Performers at Frank’s birthday included three artists from Poole-based aerial hoop class Secret Circus.

A relative of one of Frank’s fellow residents played trombone for him as the trio showed off their skills.

Frank also enjoyed listening to a series of Matt Monro and Frank Sinatra swing-era hits sung by crooner Scott Free.

Companionship Team Leader Vicky Day said: “It was a great pleasure and privilege to wish the lovely Frank a Happy 100th Birthday in style. The day was filled with love, good wishes and talented performers.

“Frank is very sociable, recently took part in a karaoke session for World Music Day and had seen Secret Circus before and so we knew he would appreciate the music and artistry on display.

“We all joined in with the performances, following the movements, serenading Frank and singing and dancing the afternoon away.”