Wednesday 13 December 2017

Jack bulking up for 104th birthday tattoo record bid

103-year-old Jack Reynolds, from Derbyshire, who is planning to have a tattoo done for his 104th birthday looks through potential designs
103-year-old Jack Reynolds, from Derbyshire, who is planning to have a tattoo done for his 104th birthday looks through potential designs

A great-grandfather could become the oldest person in Britain to get a tattoo when he gets inked to celebrate his 104th birthday.

Jack Reynolds, who completed the Ice Bucket Challenge two years ago, has been hitting the weights to build up enough muscle on his arm.

Otherwise the tattoo will have to go on his bottom.

Mr Reynolds, of Hollingwood, near Chesterfield in Derbyshire, said: "I've been using these weights to try and build up a bit of muscle - my arms are a bit skinny and I've got two weeks to make them bigger."

Clutching his bicep, he said: "It is developing - I can feel it now.

"I'd like it to be somewhere you can see it without me having to strip down."

Mr Reynolds' family claim he will enter the record books as the oldest person to get a tattoo when he has it done for his birthday on April 6.

The current record-holder is believed to be Gwladys Williams, of Fron Fawr in Wales, who had a tattoo when she was 94.

The 103-year-old has already been given a list of potential designs for his tattoo, including a rose, an anchor and "Jacko" written on a banner.

He said: "I think I prefer the banner with Jacko and I'd have 6.4.1912 written underneath it.

"My family - or my instigators - have arranged it for me.

"Am I looking forward to it? I look forward to everything."

He is hoping to raise £1,000 for the Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield, and has already beaten his fundraising target.

Mr Reynolds, who has four children, eight grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, completed the Ice Bucket Challenge at the age of 102 - dressed in nothing but a pair of Union flag boxer shorts.

He said: "My family asked me about that - I said 'Yes, I'll do it'.

"They got me sat outside in a stool and my grandson had a big pail of ice water and I'd just got a pair of pants on, Union Jack pants.

"It went worldwide - people all over the world saw that. It was really enjoyable."

He added that there was no secret to being sprightly in old age - but admitted his "medicine" of a tot of whisky in his morning tea and one before bed probably helped.

Press Association

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