Oldest person in Britain, Hilda Clulow dies aged 111

The oldest person in the UK has died at the age of 111 years.

Hilda Clulow,was born on March 15, 1908, passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve 2019 in the company of her family and friends.

Hilda lived through 27 prime ministers, five monarchs and survived both first and second world wars.

Mrs Clulow celebrated her 111th birthday last March with a 1940s-themed party, and became the oldest person in the UK following the death of 112-year-old Gwen Payne three months later.

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Mrs Clulow was born Hilda Heath and was one of six children. At aged 29, she married Arthur and together they had one son, Barry, and seven grand and great-grandchildren.

She worked as a dressmaker at a factory in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, before retiring five decades ago. Four years ago, she moved into the care home.

The oldest person in the UK now is believed to be 111-year-old Bob Weighton who was born in Hull on March 29, 1908. The oldest ever Briton was Charlotte Hughes, who died in 1993 at the age of 115 years and 228 days.

Jackie Hayden, care assistant at Bowood Court & Mews, led the tributes this week after the care home revealed for the first time that Hilda had passed.

‘Hilda changed everyone’s life within the home. ‘I don’t feel that she truly knew how much she was loved, although we made sure we told her every day.


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