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Barnsley's Oldest Lady Celebrates 113th Birthday

Monday June 3 2013


Supercentenarian. Happy birthday Ethel! Supercentenarian. Happy birthday Ethel!


BRITAIN'S second oldest resident has marked her 113th birthday.

Last Monday was an extra special occasion for Ethel Lang who celebrated another year as a supercentenarian surrounded by her family and friends.

Denise Bates, Ethel's granddaughter-in-law, said the 113-year-old is not only the second oldest person in the country but also one of the last three living subjects of Queen Victoria.

She said: "Ethel celebrated her special birthday quietly, receiving a birthday card from the Queen, and was visited by her family and friends who she enjoyed a piece of cake and a nice cup of tea with."

Ethel, who was born in 1900 in Worsbrough Dale and has lived in Barnsley all of her life. She's seen six monarchs and 22 Prime Ministers come and go, said she enjoyed spending the special day with her family.

In 1922 she married William Lang, a young plumber and the only son of Barnsley councillor Thomas Lang, at St Mary's Church, Barnsley.

One year later the couple celebrated the birth of their daughter, Margaret, who is now 89.

Widow Ethel lived independently until she was 105 when she moved into a Barnsley care home. Her main hobby was dancing, which she enjoyed up to turning 107.

We love stories like this on We Are Barnsley, but this is extra-special! Happy birthday, Ethel!

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Reply Posted by anna on Wednesday June 5 2013 at 21:12
Happy birthday Ethel xx

Reply Posted by SH on Wednesday June 5 2013 at 22:31
Happy Birthday, Ethel! x

Reply Posted by Char on Saturday June 8 2013 at 22:09
Happy birthday Ethel! It's a blessing x