Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Gizelle Ghidella

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

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