Derbyshire legend Jack to get tattoo – at 104!

Jack Reynolds before he embarked on his ice bucket challenge. Picture by Jason Chadwick.
Jack Reynolds before he embarked on his ice bucket challenge. Picture by Jason Chadwick.

One of Derbyshire’s oldest men is set to enter the record books – by having a tattoo for his 104th birthday.

Jack Reynolds – who hit headlines in summer 2014 when he became the oldest Brit to brave the ice bucket challenge – plans to get inked on his big day on Wednesday, April 6.

Jack, of Hollingwood, near Staveley, is having the tattoo to raise £1,000 for Chesterfield-based Ashgate Hospicecare.

His family say Guinness World Records has confirmed he will be the oldest man to get a tattoo.

Jack said: “I really love using my age to help me with my fundraising and I’d love for people to help me support Ashgate Hospicecare – it’s a great charity and very close to my heart.”


Jack’s daughter Jayne said: “Dad wanted to do something to rasie money for charity again and I suggested he have a tattoo which he agreed to. We all think it’s great.

“I think the tattoo should be his date of birth or his nickname – Jacko – on his back.

“My dad’s absolutely amazing and everyone loves him.”

She added that Jack had a fall before Christmas and spent about two months in hospital with a broken hip – but was now back at home doing well.

Giving the secret to a long and happy life, Jack said: “Work hard, always smile, get plenty of fresh air and last but not least have a tot of Grouse whisky in your tea in the morning and a tot before bed.”

At the age of 102, life-long Derbyshire resident Jack completed the ice bucket challenge dressed in nothing but a pair of Union Jack boxer shorts – before celebrating with a glass of whiskey.


The story featured first in the Derbyshire Times before being picked up by scores of national newspapers.

Jack, who has four children, eight grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, worked at Staveley Works for 40 years before he retired in 1975.