A 91-year-old man has been offered a lifetime supply of free drinks at Penarth Ex-Serviceman’s Club after 70 years of membership.

Dennis Collins first joined the club in 1949, over 70 years ago, when he was just 21 – making him the oldest living member.

Mr. Collins showed his original membership card, which he kept in his wallet, to the club’s secretary, Ian Teagle.

The club’s committee then presented Mr. Collins with a card which gives him access to a lifetime supply of free drinks.

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The card honoured the longevity of Mr. Collin’s membership, reading:

“Mr Dennis Collins: As a member for over 70 years, we as a committee see it fit in right that you not pay for drinks until further notice with our thanks”.

Paul Galsworthy, the club’s Chairman, said:

“Dennis would have drunk with many good people who founded the club nearly 100 years ago after the First World War.

“I am personally very pleased we can do this for Dennis as he is a lovely man and he deserves recognition, especially at times like these when social clubs are struggling.

“Although the club has seen hard times, we are now doing really well, and we look forward to celebrating our Centenary next year.”

The club was officially founded in 1921, though its oldest tax returns precede this date. It will celebrate its one hundredth anniversary in 2021.