‘Whoopee man’ turns 90!

PUBLISHED: 18:30 20 April 2013

The Reverend Alan Bowers with family and friends on his 90th birthday. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 0371-14-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

The Reverend Alan Bowers with family and friends on his 90th birthday. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 0371-14-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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ONE of Britain’s oldest practising Methodist ministers has no plans to hang up his dog collar at the age of 90 – and says his birthday celebrations were a ‘rehearsal’ for his 100th.

The Reverend Allan Bowers, author of the Herald’s weekly religion column, enjoyed the milestone with friends and family.

The grandfather-of-one remains dedicated to Sidmouth Methodist Church and wants to emulate colleagues he has known who have kept going at the age of 95. “All I want to do is fulfil my ministry and help as many people as I possibly can,” said the Woolbrook Park resident.

“It was a wonderful time for celebration,” Mr Bowers said of his birthday party at the Sidholme Hotel.

“I gave a general word of thanksgiving to family and friends to thank God for a long life that is still going on.

“People are now living far beyond 90, so one could say it was a rehearsal for my 100th.”

Mr Bowers, whose fifth book will be published later this year, has an unusual tip for a long life. “Everybody should get up in the morning and shout ‘whoopee it is a wonderful day’,” he advised.

And does Mr Bowers practise what he preaches? Absolutely – he has even been the subject of a poem called The Whoopee Man.

“I say it, and thank God for each day’,” he added.


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