Britain’s Bob Weighton becomes oldest man in the world

By Ben Mitchell, PA

Britain’s oldest man Bob Weighton has become the 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, Hampshire, who was born in Hull on March 29 1908.

Reacting to the news, Mr Weighton, a former teacher and engineer who still lives in his own flat, told the PA news agency: “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.

“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.