Pilton House resident Dick rendle celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday

Centenarian Dick Rendle with his nephew John Taylor. Picture: Tony GussinCentenarian Dick Rendle with his nephew John Taylor. Picture: Tony Gussin

Early nights have helped keep a Pilton House resident 100 years young.

Former postman and farmer Dick Rendle celebrated his century at the care home today (Monday).

He was joined for a party on Saturday by friends and neighbours from his former home in Sussex, plus his nephew John Taylor, who lives in Braunton.

Originally from Portsmouth, Dick came to Pilton in January for the funeral of his twin sister Betty - after the funeral he stayed for a few days, then decided he would stay forever.

Centenarian Dick Rendle's birthday cake at Pilton House, created in honour of his career as a postman. Picture: Tony GussinCentenarian Dick Rendle's birthday cake at Pilton House, created in honour of his career as a postman. Picture: Tony Gussin

He does not have children, but Betty's children John and Sandra visit often. He likes gardening and supports Portsmouth FC.

As a young man Dick left school at 14, the last of four children and worked on several farms and was not in active service during World War Two because farming was an essential trade.

He said he went on to become a postman, telling the Gazette he was one of the traditional sort, with a bicycle.

Of his longevity, he said: "I have always been in very good health. There's no particular secret - going to bed early perhaps."

He praised his neighbours from Sussex for always being there when needed and several made the journey to Devon for his birthday.

Of Pilton House he said: "The home is very pleasant, they are friendly and helpful - I would second it."