Quiet but happy life at 109 years
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.”