Robert Weighton, who used to reside in Hatch End, is now officially the oldest man in the world after receiving his Guinness World Record certificate at the age of 112-years-old.
Adhering to current UK rules around social distancing, Guinness World Records were unable to beet Bob in person as they normally would, instead the assisted living home where he lives arranged for Happy Birthday to be sung to him on his balcony and presented him with his certificate, all from a safe distance.
The evidence was scrutinised by Guinness World Records Senior Gerontology Consultant Robert Young and Weighton received the record-title after Mr. Chitetsu Watanabe (Japan, b. March 5, 1907) passed away on February 23 at 112 years and 355 days.
On receiving the record, Bob said: “I can’t say I am pleased to hear that the previous record holder has died, but I am very pleased that I’ve been able to live for so long and make so many friends.”
Born on March 29 1908 in Kingston-Upon-Hull, Yorkshire, Bob is one of seven children.
Bob moved to Hatch End when he took on a teaching position at City University in London.
As of 2016, Weighton has ten grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He became a supercentenarian in March 2018.