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'Last Victorian' dies aged 114

Britain's oldest person has died at the age of 114.

Ethel Lang was said to be last person living in the UK who was born in the reign of Queen Victoria.

She died yesterday at the Water Royd House nursing home, in Barnsley.

The home confirmed her death but said it could not comment any further.

Mrs Lang was born in the Worsbrough area of Barnsley in May 1900 and lived in the South Yorkshire town all her life. She only moved into a care home when she was 105.

She left school at 13 to work in a shirt factory and married her husband William in 1922. Mr Lang died in 1988.

Last year, Mrs Lang celebrated her 114th birthday with a piece of cake and a cup of tea along with her family and friends.

The oldest person in the world is thought to be Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman who celebrated her 116th birthday in March last year.

According to a list of supercentenarians maintained by the Gerontology Research Group, Mrs Lang's death means that 111-year-old Gladys Hooper, of the Isle of Wight, now appears to be Britain's oldest person.

Mrs Hooper will be 112 on Sunday.

According to the Isle of Wight County Press, Mrs Hooper was born on January 18, 1903.

She was brought up in Rottingdean, Brighton, and was friends with aviation pioneer Amy Johnson.

She played the piano to a high standard and became a concert pianist in London and mixed with the likes of band leaders Jack Payne, Debroy Somers and Maurice Winnick.


From Belfast Telegraph