Bob Weighton with his new number plate to mark his birthday (Picture: PA).
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England's Oldest Man And Former Home Guard Volunteer Turns 111

Bob Weighton said he had requested not to get a birthday card from the Queen any more.

Bob Weighton with his new number plate to mark his birthday (Picture: PA).

Bob Weighton with his new number plate to mark his birthday (Picture: PA).

England's oldest man and former Home Guard volunteer Bob Weighton has turned 111-years-old.

The former teacher and engineer put his longevity down to being one of "life's survivors", as he celebrates his birthday with friends at his retirement flat in Alton, Hampshire.

During the Second World War, he was in the Home Guard, and married Isobel Smith when he was 29.

The couple went on to farm at Kinfauns where they raised two children, Irene and Allan.

Mrs Smith died more than 15 years ago, aged 97 while Mr Weighton's son Allan, who worked with his father on the farm for 40 years, died in 2016.

He said he had requested not to get a birthday card from the Queen, explaining: "I do not see why the state should pay for the Queen to send out all these things, it's not a personal thing.

"I thought that's enough, but I might consider another one next year if I live that long."

Mr Weighton, who had two sons and a daughter, 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, said the world had changed "enormously" in his lifetime but people had mostly stayed the same.

Mr Weighton, a retired engineer, still has a workshop in his flat where he makes windmills and ornaments from recycled wood.

He continues to shop and cooks for himself, regularly going to the local supermarket using his walking aid, for which he has had a new number plate -  'Bob 111' - created to mark his birthday.