Seven-a-day has kept the doc away

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EATING seven portions of fruit and veg a day might be a new thing for most of us.

But, for 100-year-old Harold Wilson, it’s the secret of his longevity - perhaps because he spent much of it as a greengrocer.

Still a sprightly pensioner, Harold’s earliest memories are of his childhood on farms – at first in Gateforth, near Selby and later at Allerton Bywater and Whitwood before the family finally settled in Shadwell, where Harold lives today.

He went on to become a greengrocer before being drafted up for the Second World War in 1940, aged 26, joining the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in Burma a year later.

Harold was severely wounded, taking shrapnel in the thigh during jungle fighting. He was evacuated for treatment on the foothills of the Himalayas. Following his recovery he was sent to New Delhi where he worked as a clerk.

Harold was demobbed in 1946, returning to Leeds to resume his business as a greengrocer, only taking the decision to shut up shop over 20 years later.

“I took as job as caretaker at Alwoodley School instead but I’ve been retired since 1979.”

Married for 64 years to Dorothy, Harold was widowed a few years ago, but enjoys time with his daughters Yvonne and Pauline, his four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He said: “The secret to a long life is a good table. Eat well and look after yourself - and don’t let good food go to waste.”

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