Happy 112th birthday to snooker fan Ethel

Ethel Lang celebrates her 112th birthday at Water Royd House, in Gilroyd, Barnsley. She is Britain's second oldest resident.
Ethel Lang celebrates her 112th birthday at Water Royd House, in Gilroyd, Barnsley. She is Britain's second oldest resident.
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BRITAIN’S second oldest resident gathered with friends and relatives to mark her 112th birthday at a South Yorkshire care home.

Ethel Lang was born in 1900 in Worsbrough Dale and lived independently until the grand old age of 105, when she moved into Water Royd House, Gilroyd, Barnsley.

Ethel, who has been a widow for 20 years, has lived through six monarchs and 22 Prime Ministers. She married William Lang in 1922 and the couple had one daughter, Margaret, now aged 88.

Margaret, who describes her mum as a ‘remarkable woman’, said: “We had a party at the home and there were about 20 people from four generations of the family who came. My mother has had her ninth card from the Queen - her first was when she was 100 and she has had them every year since turning 105.”

Ethel, who lived in Carlton and Monk Bretton, used to work as a dress-maker and her hobbies included dancing, which she continued until she was 98, when she broke her hip. She is also a snooker fan - with Jimmy White her favourite player.