Brit great-grandad becomes oldest living man in world aged 111 and shares his secret for long life

webnexttech | Brit great-grandad becomes oldest living man in world aged 111 and shares his secret for long life

A British great-grandad has become the oldest living man on the planet at 111, thanks to his beloved fish and chips. John Tinniswood was born in the same year as Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage and met the Queen twice during his long life. On his last birthday, he received a card from the King and took the mantle of the world’s oldest living man after the recent deaths of rival oldies Juan Vicente Perez (114) and Gisaburō Sonobe (112). Mr Tinniswood, who lives in a care home in Southport, Merseyside, will turn 112 on August 2 and previously told the Mirror his longevity was thanks to his love of battered fish and chips. He said in 2019: “Fish and chips have got to be my favourite dish, it’s always been such a treat, and I think looking forward to my next visit to the chippy has kept me young. I feel the same now as I did when I was in my 80s, nothing has changed really Now I get to have my favourite once a week here so I always look forward to a Friday, and occasionally we get an extra special treat when we order it from The Swan – a Southport chippy which is famous all over the world for its fish and chips. I remember going to The Swan as a younger man on a cold winter’s night and the atmosphere was always heavy with the smell of fish. “Back then, the restaurant had six seats where you’d have to pay more for a sit-down meal because the table was further out and the smell of fish wasn’t so strong. I never minded the smell, but I can’t stand mushy peas.” During the Second World War John was given an administrative role with the Royal Mail Due to problems with his eyesight, during which time he met his late wife, Blodwen, at a dance in Liverpool. The couple married in 1942, and welcomed their only child, Susan, in 1943, before spending 44 happy years together until Blodwen died in 1986. An avid Liverpool FC fan, he says keeping active and constantly learning has also helped to keep his mind sharp. He added: “Keeping active is very important, I’ve always loved football but when I was younger I was part of the Liverpool Rambler’s Association which went hiking all over the country. “We used to meet up at least once a month, and when all the associations from all over the UK met up once a year we could fill an entire train. The Rambler’s Associations don’t really exist anymore and I haven’t been hiking for quite some years but I largely carry on here as I would if I was still living independently. “I like talking to the staff, it’s good to have people come in with different ideas and thoughts to share – I always say you should never go to bed at night without having learned something new that day.”

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