Previously Britain's oldest man, Bob Weighton, has just become the world's oldest man after the previous holder of the title passed away in Japan. According to reports, Chitetsu Watanabe passed away at the age of 112 on February 23 after receiving his Guinness World Record certificate. Bob Weighton from Alton in Hampshire, who was born in Hull on 29 March 1908 now holds that record.
As per sources, when Weighton was informed that he was now the world's oldest man he refused to celebrate the news and said that he was not satisfied because the only reason he received the record was that someone else had died. He also claimed that for him becoming the world's oldest man was not a goal, he never worked for or wanted to hold that position.
#Britain's #oldest man becomes world's oldest man: UK's most senior citizen— Hans Solo (@thandojo) February 27, 2020
Bob Weighton, 111, enters record books after death of 112-year-old Chitetsu Watanabe from Japan
Bob Weighton, from Alton, #Hampshire, refused to celebrate his new 'title' pic.twitter.com/eJEuj3XQsg
A 111-year old former teacher and engineer from Hampshire is set to be confirmed as the world's oldest man. Bob Weighton, who was born on 29 March 1908, will replace the previous holder, Chitetsu Watanabe, 112 of Japan, who, sadly has just recently passed away. pic.twitter.com/PTzAHGWrbN— Dr James Kent (@DrJamesKent3) February 27, 2020
Weighton is 111 and celebrates his birthday next month. Weighton was already England's oldest man but became Britain's oldest man after last summer after Scotland’s oldest man, Alfred Smith, from St Madoes, Perthshire passed away.
The previous holder of the record, Chitetsu Watanabe was officially certified as the world’s oldest male at the age of 112 years and 344 days by the Guinness World record on February 12. He was born on March 5 in the year 1907 in Niigata, Tokyo claimed that smiling is the key to longevity, suggest reports.