The oldest man in England revealed the simple secret of his longevity while turning 111.
Bob Weighton was born in Hull on March 29, 1908 and today celebrates his first birthday in a row – one for the Lord of the Rings fans out there – at his retirement home in Alton, Hampshire, along with some of his friends.
On these most memorable days, Bob Weighton has given us his best advice, young snappers-snappers on how to live as long as he has.
He lays his extremely long lifespan on ‘avoiding dying’. It really is that simple.
He told The Mirror: “By avoiding dying, there is no other reason: I have had the usual fears, flu, flu, malaria, two or three operations: I should be dead, but I am a survivor if you want “
Bob Weighton also said he doesn’t like to worry about anything, and that might be the best way to avoid death.
He said, “I don’t like the attention, I like to meet people I’ve never seen before, that’s one of my joys.
“I like to meet people who have had a place and have some understanding of what it means to be human.”
He also explained that he had a socially conscious reason not to receive a special commemorative card from the queen.
He believes that Her Maj doesn’t have to spend any money from the taxpayer to get him some birthday wishes. Bob Weighton continued: “I don’t understand why the state has to pay for the queen to broadcast all these things, it’s not a personal matter.
“I thought that was enough, but I might want to consider another one next year if I live that long.”
To be honest, Lizzie could easily afford a stamp from her own pocket, but never mind.
Bob Weighton has seen a fair amount at his age. He has three children, ten grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. That is more family than most of us will ever meet.
He talked about the changes that happened during his impressive life, and added: “Visually and physically, it has changed enormously in what human beings are – not at all.
“The basic concerns of people about meeting and communicating with other people is exactly the same -” can this person be trusted? “.
“Practically speaking, one thing is the speed of travel: in 1933 I traveled to Hong Kong to the Far East on a P&O boat and it took six weeks, now you can fly there within eight or nine hours.”
Despite how the world has changed, Bob Weighton doesn’t think his mission has changed dramatically. He concluded: “Promoting human interaction is the motive of my life.”