War veteran John Graham knows all about soldiering on...

Not only has he just turned 100, but he still grows veg on his allotment.

He puts his long life down to eating the runner beans, courgettes and other produce he nurtures – plus having a tot of whisky before bed.

John said: “I can’t believe I’ve made it to 100. I get up on a morning and live in hope I get to see another one.”

He added he is as “fit as a fiddle” with only a few health complaints.

The widower still lives independently with the support of his family.

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John, bottom right, and Ted Heath, second left

His son Paul, 70, who has an allotment plot next to his dad’s, said: “Reaching [100] is quite an achievement.”

He added: “We think he is the oldest allotment holder in Britain.

“He can’t do very much these days but I bring him down regularly and I help as much as I can. He deserves that whisky before bed.”

Old soldier John, from York, grows on the same allotment his family acquired in the Holgate area of the city in 1905.

John, bottom left, with family

With great granddaughter Elsie

His service during the Second World War included fighting in the Normandy campaign in 1944.

John was a Royal Artillery gunner in the 107th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment.

He served in the 334th battery alongside future Prime Minister Ted Heath.

John, who is a lifelong Mirror reader, received France’s highest military honour – the Légion d’Honneur – a few years ago.

John working on the allotment

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After the war he was a window cleaner for nearly 60 years. John, married to Jean for 69 years before her death in 2018, spent decades collecting for the annual Poppy Appeal.

John, who has five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, was joined by family at the allotment to enjoy the sun before his 100th birthday party.

During the lockdowns, loved ones kept his spirits up by visiting him at his window, after he explained to them he was too old to try Zoom calls.