A FORMER shipmate celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by friends, family and a Royal Navy representative.

Frank White celebrated becoming a centenarian on Sunday with a party at his home in Wombwell, where he received a surprise visit from Commander David Noakes from the Royal Navy.

He presented him with a certificate and a tot of rum, before spending the afternoon chatting with him and swapping stories.

Frank proudly showed off all his birthday cards - notably his one from King Charles - and friends he made from Age UK Barnsley presented him with a framed life story based on the detailed memoirs Frank wrote himself.

The unstoppable centenarian - who had a pacemaker fitted only a few weeks ago - said the secret to his long and healthy life is to simply ‘get out of bed every morning’.

Frank’s social inclusion officer, Sharon Gaddes, said: “Frank is an inspiration to us all.

“He is a wonderful man who has reached a century of wisdom and whose heart remains forever young.

“All of his friends at Age UK Barnsley wish him a remarkable 100th birthday.”