RAF Birthday Treat for UK's Oldest Man

Landmark: Henry Allingham is 110

Britain's oldest man is having his 110th birthday marked in style with an RAF flypast over his home town.

Two Tornadoes from No 31 Squadron are scheduled to fly over the five-star Grand Hotel in Eastbourne, East Sussex, in recognition of Henry Allingham's landmark year.

Dignitaries, including Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown and veterans' minister Tom Watson, will gather there to mark his milestone birthday.

Mr Allingham will later enjoy a private lunch at the hotel's Mirabelle restaurant with about 15 family members who have travelled from America for the occasion.

Mr Allingham, who has five grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, joined the Royal Naval Air Service in September 1915 before transferring to the RAF in April 1918.

As well as being the last founder member of the RAF, he is also the sole survivor of the Battle of Jutland.

He helped launch an exhibition commemorating the 90th anniversary of the infamous First World War naval fight aboard HMS Belfast on the Thames last week.

Mr Allingham has been awarded a string of accolades including the British War Medal, Victory Medal and the Legion D'Honneur, France's highest military honour.

In April he was given the freedom of Eastbourne, the seaside resort where he retired to in the 1960s.

Up until four weeks ago, he lived a relatively independent life alone in the town.

With his eyesight deteriorating, he has moved to St Dunstan's, a care home for ex-servicemen and women, in Ovingdean, near Brighton

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There will be a state funeral for Britain's last WWI veteran to pass away.