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Ethel turns 100

Added on: 2nd June, 2010

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She has seen 22 Prime Ministers come and go, Barnsley's oldest resident Ethel Lang Celebrated her 110th birthday yesterday with 'a nice cup of tea'.

She was joined by her daughter Margaret, 86, and other family and friends at the care home at Water Royd Care Home, Gilroyd.

Ethel was born in 1900 in Worsbrough Dale when Queen Victoria was on the throne and the Marquis of Salisbury was Prime Minister. There were no game consoles or flash televisions during her childhood.

She attended Worsbrough Dale School but admits she never liked her time in the classroom and preferred working with her hands.

Ethel worked at Sugden's shirt factory when she left school before marrying William at St Mary's Church in 1922. The couple had their only child Margaret the following year.

Her family tree shows Ethal heralds from good stock. Her mother lived until she was 91 and her great-grandmother until she was 92, when she died in 1848.

Now she hopes the longevity gene continues for Margaret, grandson Christopher and two great-grandsons.

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