For some people, the wait to get to the pub after work can feel like a lifetime.
But Robert ‘Jerry’ Morrison has literally spent that long anticipating his very first drop of alcohol.
Jerry turned 100 at his care home in Dundee and celebrated by taking his first ever drink of brandy having abstained from booze his whole life.
With a twinkle in his eye, he took a sip and admitted that he was enjoying breaking the habit of a lifetime.
It’s all the more remarkable as his sons, Gerry, 71, and Blair, 69, owned seven pubs between them.
The centenarian told the Tele after his first alcoholic drink: “It is my first and I had brandy. It is good, very good.”
His sons were known to locals as “the Morrison brothers” and had interests in popular hostelries like the Old Bank Bar and the Trades House in Dundee. Pubs in Perth and Stirling also kept them busy.
Jerry is proud of the fact that their pub in Stirling was the biggest in Scotland, adding: “They have had successful careers running the pubs and worked hard.
“There was never much trouble with those two bruisers on the doors.
“Jerry had the brains and Blair went along with him.”
The pensioner was born in Belfast, County Armagh, in November 1915 — a period he refers to as “the recession years” — as shops were closing and jobs were scarce.
In his youth he was sent to Palestine for two years with the Army.
He was reluctant to discuss his time overseas other than revealing how his mates would often say to him: “Jerry, have a drink, have a cig.” However, he never gave into temptation.
On leaving, Jerry moved to London and met Agnes Maxwell — known as Nan — who would become his wife.
He said: “I met a Scots girl and we married in London. That was a long, long time ago in 1943.” They had three children together, with the other being Dorren.
Jerry said of Nan: “She was good at dancing, and I was a good dancer too. She made a good wife.”
The couple decided to move to her hometown of Dundee.
For a while they lived in a tenement on Park Avenue with a shared toilet on the stairs.
But Jerry was instrumental in getting them moved to Douglas where they stayed for 33 years.
Jerry can’t recall all the jobs he undertook, but didn’t much fancy the work in Dundee’s jute mills.
“I didn’t like the fumes,’’ he said.
He remembers jobs as a conductor on trains and buses that took in routes near Camperdown and another job as a lamplighter at the city harbour that entailed long hours.
But he will be best remembered in Dundee as a window cleaner — a job he was in for 47 years.
Residents from a street he once covered on his round sent Jerry a hand-painted card of him, with his ladder, cleaning windows, for his birthday.
In his spare time he enjoyed football and managed Blackness Foundry football team.
He now lives at Balcarres Care Home in West Ferry, Nan having passed away in 2000.
Jerry enjoys walking and visits from family including his many grandchildren.
He is also well-travelled — he is not long back from a break in Jersey and likes to revisit his roots once a year with a holiday in his homeland.
A party for his 100th birthday was held at the care home with residents. He later went to The Fort Hotel in Broughty Ferry where he was joined by a large gathering of family and friends — and where he took that long-awaited first drink of brandy.
With regards to his birthday he said: “It’s just another day and I’m keeping well”.
Of his time in Dundee, he said: “I can’t say a bad word about Dundee. I can’t complain. Dundee’s been very good to me and my family.
“I’ve had a good life.”