Former Hatch End resident, Bob Weighton, has become the oldest man in the world at the age of 111.
Mr Weighton, who retired an incredible 55 years ago, now resides in Hampshire and became the oldest man since Chitetsu Watanabe died in Japan in February.
The Daily Mail reported that Bob was brought to Hatch End when he was appointed as a lecturer in marine engineering at a university in London, which is now named as London’s City University.
On March 3, Age UK posted a tweet saying: “The world’s new oldest man is 111-year-old Bob Weighton from Hampshire.
“He has lived through five monarchs, 26 Prime Ministers and two World Wars.”
In a YouTube video on The Telegraphs’s channel, Bob spoke about the reason of his long life: “Ah, well that’s what everybody wants to know, but I haven’t the slightest idea, good genes, I guess.
“I ate what was put in front of me, no questions asked.”
Mr Weighton is due to celebrate his 112nd birthday on March 29, and the Guinness World Records have commented: “We’re aware of Mr Weighton, and he’s currently on a list of potential candidates being researched by our Senior Gerontology Consultant, Robert Young.
“It’s been a while since we’ve had a Brit hold the record for oldest living man – not since 113-year-old Henry Allingham in 2009 – so it would be fascinating to see Mr Weighton’s application approved.”
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