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John Archer took off for the flight of his life in late May, 2012 when he had his first trip in an aeroplane to mark his 100th birthday.

Mr Archer, of Great Thurlow, who was pictured by one of our photographers of the time, Helen Whitcombe, was treated to an aerial view of his home village.

The birthday treat was laid on by Terry Holloway, deputy chairman of Cambridge Airport, who lived in the next village to John; Great Wratting.

John Archer, of Great Thurlow, took his first flight to celebrate his 100th birthday
John Archer, of Great Thurlow, took his first flight to celebrate his 100th birthday

He flew the retired forester in a Cessna 172 of the Cambridge Aero Club.

After his flight, Mr Archer said: “It was so wonderful seeing places I know from the air.”