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Gladys Hooper, UK’s oldest person, dies at the age of 113

By Ben Mitchell

Britain's oldest person Gladys Hooper has died at the age of 113.

Her son Derek Hermiston confirmed that his mother, a former concert pianist, had died at the nursing home where she lived in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

Mr Hermiston (85) said on Saturday night: "She passed away, she just faded - 113 and a half is a good old age.

When she celebrated her last birthday, the great-grandmother said: "I don't feel very different to when I was 75."

Mrs Hooper broke a Guinness World Record last year when she became the oldest person to undergo a hip replacement operation which was carried out by consultant orthopaedic surgeon Jason Millington at St Mary's Hospital in Newport.

Mrs Hooper was widowed in 1988 when her husband, Leslie, who was a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps in both world wars.

Born Gladys Nash on January 18 1903, she was brought up in Rottingdean, Brighton, Sussex.

She became a concert pianist in London and played with famous band leaders of the time.

She also started what is thought to be the first car hire company in the capital and later ran Kingscliff House School, which is now Brighton College.

The next oldest person in the country is Bessie Camm, who is 112 years old and is from Rotherham.

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