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Ethel Lang Celebrates 114th Birthday

Thursday June 5 2014

Ethel on her 111th birthday Ethel on her 111th birthday

BRITAIN'S oldest person is from Barnsley - and she's just celebrated her 114th birthday!

Ethel Lang, who was born in Worsbrough in 1900, celebrated her birthday last Tuesday with a piece of cake, orange jelly and a lovely cup of tea.

Mrs Lang became Britain's oldest person after Londoner Grace Jones died aged 113 last year.

Ethel said she was "delighted" to spend her special day with her family and friends.

She also received birthday greetings from the Queen and another card to add to her remarkable collection since turning 100.

Denise Bates, Ethel's granddaughter-in-law, said the supercentenarian is not only the oldest in the country but also believed to be one of the last living subjects of Queen Victoria.

Ethel has seen six monarchs and 22 Prime Ministers and as the youngest daughter of miner Charles Lancaster and his wife Sarah, she was born when the Marquess of Salisbury was in charge of the country.

She has lived in Barnsley all her life, in Monk Bretton and Carlton, and left school at 13 to go and work at a shirt factory.

Ethel married husband William at St Mary's Church, Worsbrough, in 1922. One year later the couple celebrated the birth of their daughter Margaret. 

Ethel, who was widowed in 1988, used to work as a dressmaker and her hobbies included dancing - which she enjoyed up to turning 107.

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Reply Posted by Denise Holmes on Thursday June 5 2014 at 13:31
My Great Aunt......fantastic achievement!!! X

Reply Posted by karen on Sunday September 28 2014 at 16:05
Denise I would love to contact you with regards to your great aunt if I may?

Reply Posted by man on Thursday June 5 2014 at 14:25
Brilliant happy birthday 21 years young again.
hope Ethel has a fantastic day and is spoilt..

Reply Posted by some random commenter on Thursday June 5 2014 at 16:16

Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Thursday June 5 2014 at 18:00
Congratulations and bestwishes Ethel. What a remarkable achievement.

Reply Posted by mini on Thursday June 5 2014 at 20:08
Congratulations. May there be many more.

Reply Posted by Alex on Monday June 9 2014 at 15:33
Used to look after Mrs Lang in the care home she still lives in. It was a pleasure n honour to do so. Remarkable woman. Wishin her all the best x