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Ethel in fine form aged 108

SOUTH Yorkshire's oldest resident has celebrated a remarkable milestone - her 108th birthday.

Ethel Lang was in fine form when she celebrated her birthday with a party at Water Royd Nursing Home, in Gilroyd, Barnsley.

Although her eyesight has faded, Ethel still takes a keen interest in everything going on around her at the home and still enjoys regularly having her nails painted.

"She's an absolutely lovely lady and we are all extremely fond of her and have told her we are already making plans for her 109th birthday party," said Joanne Eskriett, activities coordinator at the home.

"She used to love dancing and was dancing at her 106th birthday party. This time she decided to sit it out, but she still enjoys listening to music.

"She does love having her nails painted. She can't see very well at all but always says she wants bright and pretty coloured nail varnish."

Born in Worsbrough Dale in 1900, Ethel married William Lang, son of an alderman and councillor at St Mary's Church in Worsbrough in 1933 and the couple's only daughter Margaret was born a year later.

During the war Ethel worked at a small sewing factory called Miss Blackburns.

Ethel and William shared the same birthday but he was four years older and died shortly before his 93rd birthday.

Daughter Margaret, 84, who visits Ethel every day, said: "She did some beautiful sewing and knitting and she just loved dancing."

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