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Pensioner becomes Britain’s oldest dad

Britain’s oldest dad thanks bananas for his virility at 74

Posted: 29 March 2010
by Susan Lee

A 74-year-old Lincolnshire man has become Britain’s oldest dad after the birth of his son, Ryan.

Gerry Burk’s wife, 41-year-old Dawn, gave birth to baby Ryan by caesarean. He weighed 5lb 7oz and suffered breathing difficulties but is now at home with his big brother, Daniel.

A note about Mr Burke’s age had to be made on Dawn’s ante-natal records after staff mistook him for her father, according to reports.

The secret to his extraordinary virility? A passion for bananas, suggests Mr Burks.

“I eat lots of bananas and always have done – sometimes a couple a day,” Mr Burks told The Sun. “I don’t eat much salt and have home-cooked food. Maybe that’s what keeps my body healthy.

“But the love of a good woman, my Dawn, has a lot to do with it too.”

The world’s oldest dad is Indian Nanu Ram Jogi, who had a child aged 90.

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