Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Sprightly ace Arthur sets smashing example to us all

Arthur Norris may never see his name in the scroll of honour in tennis, but he has achieved something that even the greatest of modern day players may never equal.

For the Dunmurry man was still playing the game just a few months short of his 100th birthday. Failing health means he has now hung up his racquet, but his story is an inspiration to us all.

He puts his longevity down to a daily plate of porridge and a weekly glass of Irish whiskey. That diet may not figure in Andy Murray's training schedule, but Arthur is proof of its effectiveness. A former RAF man and a teacher, his service was not just confined to the tennis court, and it was fitting therefore that he should be honoured by Lisburn City Council.

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