COP HINGLEY TURNS 103
JOHN “Cop” Hingley turned 103 yesterday and celebrated with his traditional helicopter ride above the Daintree with his good mate Jim Noli.
Cop saw at least five crocs on the ride and says he’s looking forward to next year.
Cop’s son-in-law was amazed.
“How many 103-year-olds go up in a helicopter? I reckon if they offered him a parachute he’d jump out,” Lawrence laughed.
Cop doesn’t ask for any presents. So what does he want?
“I just want more life. What am I going to do with presents?” Cop said.
Cop’s had his fair share of birthday cakes over the years and he likes any sort as long as it’s sweet.
“You wouldn’t believe how much sugar he eats,” daughter Margarget said.
“He’d be eating cakes and biscuits til the cows come home,” she said.
“I like my sugar. We’d have a keg of beer when I was in the army and I’d mix my beer with sugar to make it sweeter,” said Cop.
Another secret to his long life is he’s stayed away from temptations.
“I’ve never smoked, not even one cigarette and I’m not much of a drinker.”
Cop said he’s feeling good and his family are so happy to have him around.
“We can’t believe it and he’s in such good fettle too,” said Margaret.
The former Mossman soldier and farmer hasn’t been out of the limelight these past few years, what with the Queen duly noting his centenary with her personal congratulations and then, at the age of 101, Cop received his World War II medals, after a wait of 66 years.
It rightfully made headlines around the nation.
At his current age Cop is reckoned to be the oldest person in Douglas Shire.
Lawrence asked Cop what he wanted the people of the shire to know about him and he replied, “that I’m not a bad bloke”.
Mossman's Cop Hingley, who turned 103 yesterday