Britain's oldest man, Henry Allingham, has been made the first honorary lifetime member of the Royal Naval Association (RNA).

First World War veteran Mr Allingham, 112, was presented with a life membership certificate by RNA president Vice-admiral John McAnally at St Dunstan's care home for blind exservice personnel in Ovingdean.

Following the low-key ceremony, Mr McAnally said: "It was very special because it was the first one that we have given and we were delighted to do so.

"We had a lovely conversation with him, during which he recalled many events, including those that occurred in recent history."

On Sunday, Mr Allingham became Britain's oldest ever man when he turned 112 years and 296 days, surpassing Welshman John Evans who died in 1990 aged 112 years and 295 days.

Mr Allingham, who has dedicated much of his time in recent years to giving talks to schoolchildren about his experiences, has received news of another proposed honour.

Brighton and Hove City Council announced it will be making Mr Allingham an honorary freeman following a vote on April 30.

Dennis Goodwin, his close friend and founder of the First World War Veterans Association, said: "Henry will be delighted at receiving yet more recognition."

Clapton-born Mr Allingham, who has lived through the birth of his first great-great-great-grandchild, joined the Royal Navy Air Service in September 1915, before transferring to the RAF in April 1918.

As well as being the last founder member of the RAF, he is also the sole survivor of the Battle of Jutland.