BRITISH resident Gerald Ross enjoyed a very special birthday lunch yesterday when he celebrated his 100th birthday in the Port of Andratx.
Ross, who was born when King Edward VII was on the throne and five years before the Titanic sunk, has lived in Majorca for many years and yesterday he was joined by his family to mark this milestone.
The Queen also sent him her best wishes in a special telegram.
Ross has lived on the island for many years and used to spend the winters in Mexico and the summers at his home in the Port of Andratx.
An expert yachtsman who has sailed all over the world during his life, he also used to enjoy touring the United States in a mobile home.
Today, he still lives on his own but is looked after by carers.
However, close friends yesterday paid tribute to Ross's great spirit and character. Mentally, he's in A1 condition. He's in fantastic shape, said one who also revealed that Ross is writing a book.
He apparently writes a page per day but will not tell anyone what it is going to be about.
One thing is for sure, Ross is not going to be short of material.
In 1907 Baden-Powell led his first Scout camp, Colin Blyth took 17 wickets for 48 runs against Northamptonshire, Marconi initiated transatlantic radio communications and John Wayne was born.
Since then he has lived through two world wars and watched Queen Elizabeth II become the country's oldest monarch.