What is not to love about this story?
A man from Lancashire has been offered free beer for life at the pub where he has been a regular for 76 years. Fred Dell, 94, has been popping round to the Strawberry Gardens on Poulton Road in Fleetwood for a "swift half of mild", since he was 18. Landlord Dave Shaw has now made Mr Dell, a retired gardener, a freeman of the pub, in recognition of his loyalty... Remembering his first pint in 1936, Mr Dell said: "You could get half a mild, five woodbines and a box of matches and a penny change for half a sixpence. "Nowadays for my first drink, I'll get half a mild and a whisky, and then after that I'll have just whisky, they're only wee things so I'll have about eight."
Freeman of the pub! Now I know the title my life has been working towards. Just hope I don't have to wait to 94. Some of us are chained to a desk and not able to have the physical advantage of a gardening life. Ten units a day, though. That's something for concern. Something Fred will have to watch. Might be at risk as a binge drinker. Could lead to more... gardening and, err, living to a ripe old and fit age.