- Aug 19, 2003
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They should fight it out to decide which of them is the oldest.
Britain's two oldest men are marking their 111th birthdays.
Alf Smith, from St Madoes, Perthshire, and Bob Weighton, from Alton, Hampshire, were both born on 29 March 1908.
Mr Weighton, who grew up in Hull, said he had requested not to have a birthday card from the Queen in order to save public funds.
The men have never met but have exchanged birthday cards in recent years. It is not known which of them was born first.
Alas Alf has shuffled off this mortal coil.
Scotland's oldest man, Alfred Smith, has died at the age of 111.
Mr Smith, known as Alf, celebrated his last birthday on 29 March, the same day as Britain's other oldest man, Robert Weighton. The former lorry driver and farmer, from St Madoes, Perthshire, died on Saturday night.
Councillor Eric Drysdale paid tribute to Mr Smith, who credited porridge and having an enjoyable job for his long life. The SNP Perth and Kinross councillor tweeted: "Sad to hear this morning that Scotland's oldest man, Perth and Kinross based Alf Smith of St Madoes has passed way aged 111 years and 128 days.
"When he was 100 he bought a new washing machine and decided on a 10 year extended warranty! Optimism seems to be the key to a long life.