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World's oldest man celebrates his 112th birthday in Hampshire

Bob Weighton has turned 112. Picture credits: BrendonCare Alton

Bob Weighton, the world's oldest man, turned 112 yesterday (Sunday 29 March) and celebrated his birthday at home in Alton, Hampshire.

The former engineer chatted to friends and family on FaceTime and will have his party in a few months, after having to cancel his big bash due to the coronavirus.

Mr Weighton explained what he put his longevity down to:

He spoke of what his diet consisted of:

Mr Weighton also said he won't be receiving a card for the Queen this year:

Mr Weighton was born on 29 March, 1908 in Hull, Yorkshire where he grew up and completed a degree in mechanical engineering.

He then worked in marine engineering, before heading out to Taiwan to teach English in 1933.

During the Second World War, Mr Weighton lived in Canada and the USA, though he still worked for the British Government by inspecting aircraft engines and then translating enemy broadcasts - as he was fluent in Japanese.

Mr Weighton - who had married at this point - returned to England in 1946 with his wife and three children and became a lecturer in mechanical engineering at the City University of London, where he worked up until retirement in 1973.

He has had three children, 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

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