A nursing home resident has celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family.

Reginald Whitworth, affectionately known as Reggie, marked his milestone at Dorset House Nursing Home in Droitwich Spa.

The centenarian was surrounded by family, friends, fellow residents and staff, marking a century of life with a grand surprise party.


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Born in 1924 and raised in Smethick, Mr Whitworth has dedicated his life to education and community service.

Early education at Smethwick Technical College led to a career as a lecturer at Birmingham Polytechnic.

Highly regarded for his technical abilities, Mr Whitworth served as the head of the engineering department for several years.

Married since 1949 to his wife, Audrey, he is a father to five children.

Mr Whitworth also pursues his love for music and gardening.

He is also a member of Bournville Voice Choir, and often sings for his fellow residents.

Mr Whitworth's birthday celebrations began with a serenade from the Droitwich Spa Community Choir, who performed a special rendition of 'Happy Birthday'.

The highlight of his day was the long-awaited gathering of his children, one of whom travelled from abroad for the occasion.

Mr Whitworth also received a birthday card from the King and Queen.

The home's manager, Karen Johnson, said: "Reggie's centennial milestone was a deeply touching moment for all of us at Dorset House.

"Witnessing him surrounded by loved ones and cherishing each moment was heartwarming.

"We're privileged to have been part of his special day."