The former farmer celebrate his 103rd birthday at The Warren nursing home in Northam.

Fresh country air could be the secret behind a former farmer who has just celebrated his 103rd birthday.

John Folland, who lives at The Warren nursing home in Northam, was born in St Giles in the Wood on January 21, 1913.

His mother died when he was five and his father when he was around 15, so he went to work on his uncle’s farm and later worked his own land in Langtree.

He was married to Eleanor, who died in 2005 aged 93, for more than 60 years and had three children: Charles, Marion and Geoffrey.

Mr Folland also has eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Daughter Marion Penton-Voak said: “He used to enjoy cricket and football, and from about his 50s he used to go hunting too.

“The picture on his birthday cake of him hunting was taken on his 80th birthday.”

Mr Folland enjoyed his favourite ‘teddy’ pasties and cream teas for his party on Thursday.

When asked what the secret to her father’s longevity was, Marion said ‘fresh air and fat bacon’ were probably strong contributors.