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Burton man gets set to celebrate a milestone birthday

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

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A MAN who was born in Burton is preparing to celebrate turning 105 years old next week.

Rupert Cliff now resides in Ipswich, in South-East Queensland, Australia, and will be hosting a barbecue on May 12 to mark the landmark occasion.

The great-grandfather was born in the town in 1909.

He left school at 14 to become a sheet metal worker and eventually went to work in a car factory.

Mr Cliff married his childhood sweetheart Margaret around the outbreak of the Second World War and the pair had one child called Roderick.

He jokingly said that he and his wife only had enough money to have one child.

Roderick and his wife moved to Australia in the early 1970s but kept in close contact with Mr Cliff, often flying across the world to visit.

When Margaret died about five years ago, aged 94, Mr Cliff decided to move to Australia permanently and he has lived there ever since.

The 104-year-old acquired a taste of beer following in his upbringing in the home of brewing.

However, this later changed to preference for Johnnie Walker and cranberry juice following a hard day at work.

Nowadays, Mr Cliff instead enjoys a glass of milk before he heads off to bed.

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