Britain’s Bob Weighton named oldest man in the world by Guinness World Records
Britain’s very own Bob Weighton has given the nation another reason to feel proud after he was named the oldest man by Guinness World Records.
Hampshire’s Bob Weighton was named the world’s oldest man in the world following the death of the previous holder of the title in Japan.
Chitetsu Watanabe is reported to have died at the age of 112 in Japan on Sunday just days after claiming his Guinness World Record certificate.
The position is now held by Mr Weighton, from Alton, who was born in Hull on March 29 1908.
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Reacting to the news, Mr Weighton, a former teacher and engineer who still lives in his own flat, said: "Well, I don't really feel satisfied because it means someone else has died.
"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.
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"You might find it amazing but it's just one of those things."
Mr Weighton, who turns 112 next month, was formerly England's oldest man but became Britain's oldest after Scotland's oldest man, Alfred Smith, from St Madoes, Perthshire, who shared the same birthday with him, died last summer.
As well as having shared his birthday with Mr Smith, Mr Weighton also shares the same birthday with Britain's oldest woman Joan Hocquard, from Poole, Dorset.
Britain's second-oldest woman, Violet Davies-Evans, from Spalding, Lincolnshire, was born on the following day.
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But, Mr Weighton has a way to go if he is to smash the all-time record for oldest-ever man.
That honour is still held by Japanese man, Jiroemon Kimura, who was 116 years 54 days when he died on June 12, 2013.
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