John Tinniswood, 109, celebrated his birthday earlier this month and shared some of his tips for living a full life.
“Never exceed what you can normally do,” he told ITV News.
‘Otherwise you’re going to injure yourself either physically or mentally. So stay within your limits of what you can do.’
When asked if he had any further words of wisdom for a long life, he replied that would be “impudent” and that we should “let each do as they want”.
When asked about the future, he replied: “The future holds what it does – you can’t do very much about it.”
To mark his birthday, Mr Tinniswood received a telegram from the Queen - the ninth one he has received since turning 100.
Upon receiving the card, he teased that he could “get a couple of hundred quid for this” and asked “she hasn’t put her phone number, has she?”
Mr Tinniswood was previously married, having tied the know with his wife, Blodwen, in 1942.
They had one daughter together, Susan, in 1943 and were married for 44 years before Blodwen died in 1986.
The UK’s oldest man on record, Henry Allingham, died at the age of 113 in 2009.
For one month, he was the oldest recorded man on the planet.
The oldest woman in the UK on record was Charlotte Hughes, who passed away in 1993 at the age of 115.
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