Britain’s Bob Weighton becomes world’s oldest man

Mr Weighton will turn 112 next month

Thursday, February 27, 2020

A British man has become the oldest man in the world at the age of 111 after the previous title holder died in Japan.

Bob Weighton, who was born in Hull on March 29 1908, said his long life was “just one of those things”.

His predecessor, 112-year-old Chitetsu Watanabe reportedly died on Sunday just two weeks after claiming his Guinness World Record certificate.

Reacting to the news, Mr Weighton said: “Well, I don't really feel satisfied because it means someone else has died.”

The former teacher and engineer, who still lives in his own flat in Alton, Hampshire will turn 112 next month.

“I just accept it as a fact, it's not something I ever intended, wanted or worked for but it's just one of those facts of life.

“You might find it amazing but it's just one of those things.”

Mr Weighton was formerly England’s oldest man but became Britain's oldest after Scotland’s oldest man, Alfred Smith, from Perthshire died last summer.

The two men shared the same birthday, along with the country’s oldest woman.

Joan Hocquard from Poole, Dorset was born on the exact same day as Mr Weighton and Britain’s second oldest woman, Violet Davies-Evans, from Spalding, Lincolnshire, is just one day younger.

But the title of world’s oldest woman is held by Japanese supercentenarian Kane Tanaka, who turned 117 on January 2.

The oldest person who has ever lived was Jeanne Louise Calment from France, who lived to 122 years and 164 days, according to the Guinness World Records.

She died in 1997.

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