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No tea or coffee - Hopton doctor’s orders

Dr Abdul Hassan has just turned 102 years old  Pictured: Dr Abdul Hassan with Emily Hill (left) and Elaine Channen  Photo Sales YES

Dr Abdul Hassan has just turned 102 years old Pictured: Dr Abdul Hassan with Emily Hill (left) and Elaine Channen Photo Sales YES

A retired Hopton GP who never drinks tea or coffee but enjoys a daily glass of cranberry juice has celebrated his 102nd birthday.

In fact, because of a discrepancy between when Dr Abdul Hassan was born and the date that his birth was registered, the father-of-three celebrates his birthday twice each year, on May 2 (his real birthday) and again on May 3.

“We celebrate it twice and he loves it,” said Elaine Channen, activities coordinator at Stowlangtoft Hall, the nursing home where the centenarian lives.

He is held in high regard by staff at the home, who made him a personalised birthday card, and is known for always being ‘suited and booted’.

“If I get to 102, I hope that I still look as smart and still have the sense of humour he has - he’s such a lovely man,” said Mrs Channen.

After training as a doctor, Mr Hassan, who is originally from Egypt, joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving mainly in the middle east.

He owned a practice in Lancashire for 20 years before taking on Hopton Surgery, which he ran from 1967 until his retirement in 1984.

 

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