Large crowds are expected to gather today for the funeral of Britain's oldest man. Reg Dean from Wirksworth in Derbyshire was 110 years and 63 days old when he died at his nursing home on the 5th January.
Reg was born at Tunstall in Staffordshire in November 1902. During his lifetime he lived through two World Wars, 24 British prime ministers, and the moon landings.
As a young man working in India, Reg drank a muddy-looking potion which, he was told, would help him live until he was 100.
During World War Two he served as an Army chaplain in Burma, where he came under attack from the Japanese. He later worked as a teacher at the Herbert Strutt School in Belper.
He became Britain's oldest man in June last year following the death of Stanley Lucas from Cornwall who was also 110.
A public funeral to celebrate Reg's long life will be held at St Mary's church in Wirksworth later today. (midday)