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Spalding World War II veteran's secret to reaching 100 is 'pure luck' and 'having a laugh'

A World War II veteran from Spalding has laughed his way through to the age of 100, putting his long life down to "pure luck".

Stanley Jackson, who joined the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment five months before war broke out in September 1939, was treated to a double helping of birthday parties on Wednesday.

The first one took place at his regular shopping destination in Spalding, Sainsbury's where Mr Jackson, who has three children and five grandchildren, was "absolutely surprised" by managers and staff with a cake and gifts.

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