Tikka and a little luck: The secrets of the UK’s oldest man, 111

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Tikka and a little luck: The secrets of the UK’s oldest man, 111

As Prince Philip turns 98, supercentenarian Bob Weighton is more lucid than many 28-year-olds

Guy Kelly

There aren’t many people who could say they were born two decades before the invention of sliced bread. There aren’t many who could tell you Tolstoy, Twain and Hardy were still classed as “living writers” when they were a toddler. There aren’t many who could say they were in their teens by the time the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, let out his first cry.

Bob Weighton is one of those few.

At 111, he is the joint-oldest man in Britain (an honour he shares with his “Scottish twin” Alf Smith, who was, remarkably, born on the same day, March 29 1908). But anybody looking for the secret to his longevity may come away disappointed...

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