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Oldest man in the world from Alton turns 112 today

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Oldest man in the world from Alton turns 112 today

Published at 6:00am 29th March 2020.

The oldest man in the world, who lives Alton, is celebrating another massive milestone today.

Bob Weighton has turned 112.

However, he not able to celebrate because of the coronavirus crisis.

Instead, Bob will be staying at home but he will be video calling his friends and family, while a big birthday celebration will be arranged for a few months’ time.

For Bob’s birthday, the staff at Brendoncare Alton will be organising a staff chain which will make its way from the home to below Bob’s balcony with a  birthday message.

Bob will be invited outside to see everyone below.

There will also be a ‘shed’ birthday cake, representing his workshop he has in the grounds of the care home.

Bob has lived in Alton since 1969 and lives independently in an apartment at Brendoncare Alton. 

He enjoys a stroll around the shops and making children’s toys, windmills and furniture from wood that he has been given.

He is a keen environmentalist and writes a monthly article for local magazines as well as giving presentations on his long life, work and environmental issues to local community groups, church groups and school children.

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Bob (back far right) in 1924.

Bob was born on 29 March 1908 in Hull, Yorkshire, where he ended up studyig for a degree in mechanical engineering.

He later lived in Taiwan, Canada and the USA, returning to England in 1946 with his wife Agnes and three children.

He became a lecturer in mechanical engineering at the City University of London until his retirement in 1973.

He also had 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

During Bob’s life, he has seen 22 prime ministers, five monarchs and two world wars.

And now he is living through the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bob (sat on the right) in 1911 or 1912.

Bob said he is very lucky to have been healthy and active throughout his life:

"I enjoy social activities and like to get outside.

“It is far better to make a friend out of a possible enemy than it is to make an enemy out of a possible friend.

"This is something I have lived by throughout my life.”