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Over 200 people attend funeral of Britain's oldest man

Christopher Dean at the funeral of his father Reg Dean
Over 200 people attended Reg Dean's funeral at Wirksworth in Derbyshire

The funeral of Britain's oldest man who died at 110 is taking place today. King Edward the 7th was on the throne when Reg Dean was born in Staffordshire in 1902.

He lived in the Derbyshire Dales where his family say the funeral is a celebration of his life.

Coffin of Britain's oldest man Reg Dean at St Mary's church at Wirksworth in Derbyshire
Mourners at Reg Dean's funeral

Mourners gather for funeral of Britain's oldest man

Order of service booklet for funeral of Britain's oldest man - Reg Dean

Crowds are gathering 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.

Mourners gathering at St Mary's church in Wirksworth, Derbyshire for the funeral of Britain's oldest man Reg Dean.

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.

Photo of Reg Dean as an army Chaplain during the Second World War Credit: Family photo

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Oldest man 'only ever wanted to make a difference'

The son of Britain's oldest man who has died said his father had only ever wanted "to make a difference" to the lives of those less fortunate.

Reg Dean was heavily involved in charity work throughout his life and completed a sponsored walk from Nottingham to Derby at the age of 90.

Later, he set up a Fairtrade store in his downstairs lounge, when he still lived at home, calling the franchise Traidcraft - it became Traid Links and continues to successfully operate in Wirksworth to this day.

Mr Dean's son Christopher, said his father had told him he had no fear at the prospect of his death.

He told me he wasn't at all scared.

He said to me once 'I am living under a sentence of death - but I intend to take a long time about it.'

– Christopher Dean
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