Quiet but happy life at 109 years

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

BRI­TAIN’S old­est man is now 109 years old.

Arthur Twibell, born in 1905 and be­lieved to be the old­est man in the coun­try, cel­e­brated with his fam­ily on Tues­day at Swarth­more Care Home, in Ger­rards Cross, where he has lived for three years.

The old­est woman in the UK is listed as 114-year-old Ethel Lang from Barns­ley, and the UK’s long­est-lived per­son was Char­lotte Hughes, who died in 1993 at the age of 115.

Mr Twibell, orig­i­nally from Rochdale, worked as an elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer. He has two chil­dren, two grand­chil­dren and four great grand­chil­dren.

He was still driv­ing reg­u­larly un­til the age of 101, and was also a keen artist, turn­ing his hand to

paint­ings and draw­ings, carv­ings.

His son Rod, 69, said: “It’s ex­tra­or­di­nary to think that he could be the old­est man in the UK.

“He has been on good form re­cently and en­joyed his birth­day. We held a small cel­e­bra­tion with him and went to the care home to see him. He had another card from the Queen, which was great, and he had a nice day.

“It is quite amaz­ing to think of how much he has done and seen in his life, and how long he has been with us.”

Rod has at­tempted to ver­ify that his fa­ther is the old­est man in the UK. Records sug­gest there may be an older 109-year-old some­where in the coun­try but is un­named, ac­cord­ing to in­ter­net records, so Mr Twibell is the old­est named per­son.

Rod said: “He still en­joys his life, see­ing his fam­ily and be­ing at the care home. He sleeps a lot th­ese days, and has a very quiet life re­ally.”

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