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Ethel celebrates 114th birthday

By Katia Harston, Chief Reporter Thursday 5th June 2014
Ethel Lang

BARNSLEY is home to the country's oldest person Ethel Lang who celebrated her 114th birthday last week with a piece of cake, orange jelly and her favourite drink - a lovely cup of tea.

Mrs Lang, who was born in Worsbrough in 1900, 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.

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

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Posted by L.A. Johnson I Sat 7th Jun 2014 at 3:39pm

congratulations to this remarkable lady a living 20th century history

Posted by Karen Watkins I Sat 7th Jun 2014 at 6:05pm

Happy Birthday Ethel as a Yorkshire lass you make us all proud x x

Posted by Catherine Yawary I Sun 8th Jun 2014 at 3:14am

Happy 114th birthday Ethel, wishing you many more from a yorkshire lass in sunny California

Posted by Sallie Taylor I Fri 13th Jun 2014 at 6:12am

Happy Birthday Mrs Lang.

Love and best wishes.xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Posted by Trish I Fri 13th Jun 2014 at 10:44am

Brilliant !! My Nanna-also an Ethel will be 102 this year. Long live you both and may you stay in good health.x

Posted by christopher sharp I Wed 25th Jun 2014 at 4:26pm

if possibile i would like to come and meet mrs lang

Posted by Chris Curtain I Thu 31st Jul 2014 at 9:13pm

A remarkable lady!

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