Derbyshire legend Jack to get tattoo '“ at 104!

One of Derbyshire's oldest men is set to enter the record books '“ by having a tattoo for his 104th birthday.

Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 4:35 pm
Updated Friday, 11th March 2016, 1:51 pm
Jack Reynolds before he embarked on his ice bucket challenge. Picture by Jason Chadwick.

Jack Reynolds – who hit headlines in summer 2014 when he became the oldest Brit to brave the ice bucket challenge – plans to get inked on his big day on Wednesday, April 6.

Jack, of Hollingwood, near Staveley, is having the tattoo to raise £1,000 for Chesterfield-based Ashgate Hospicecare.

His family say Guinness World Records has confirmed he will be the oldest man to get a tattoo.

Jack said: “I really love using my age to help me with my fundraising and I’d love for people to help me support Ashgate Hospicecare – it’s a great charity and very close to my heart.”

Jack’s daughter Jayne said: “Dad wanted to do something to rasie money for charity again and I suggested he have a tattoo which he agreed to. We all think it’s great.

“I think the tattoo should be his date of birth or his nickname – Jacko – on his back.

“My dad’s absolutely amazing and everyone loves him.”

She added that Jack had a fall before Christmas and spent about two months in hospital with a broken hip – but was now back at home doing well.

Giving the secret to a long and happy life, Jack said: “Work hard, always smile, get plenty of fresh air and last but not least have a tot of Grouse whisky in your tea in the morning and a tot before bed.”

At the age of 102, life-long Derbyshire resident Jack completed the ice bucket challenge dressed in nothing but a pair of Union Jack boxer shorts – before celebrating with a glass of whiskey.

The story featured first in the Derbyshire Times before being picked up by scores of national newspapers.

Jack, who has four children, eight grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, worked at Staveley Works for 40 years before he retired in 1975.