Eric King-Turner is poised to become one of Britain’s oldest emigrants when he leaves Britain to start a new life in New Zealand.
The retired dentist, who was a surgeon commander in the Royal Navy, will turn 103 within weeks of completing the 12,000-mile voyage from Southampton on the Saga Rose liner with his 87-year-old wife Doris.
Mr King-Turner said: “I like New Zealand. The way of life is much the same as here but it is not so crowded and the weather is better.
“It’s a wonderful new adventure and I would say to anyone that if you want to do something you should do it straight away.
“What’s important is that when I’m 105 I don’t want to be thinking ‘I wish I had moved to the other side of the world when I was 102.’ “