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14th Jun 2019

Britain’s oldest person Grace Jones dies aged 112


She claimed that drinking whiskey every day was the reason she lasted so long

Lady August Grace Jones, who was born in Liverpool in 1906, has died aged 112.

At the time of her death, Jones was the oldest person living in Britain, having been born just five years after the reign of Queen Victoria.

In interviews given prior to her passing, she had claimed that drinking Famous Grouse whiskey every day had been the secret to her long innings.

Her 81-year-old daughter, Deirdre McCarthy, paid tribute to her mum.

“I never dreamt when I was a little girl that my mother would be the talking point of the whole country,” she said.

“I used to say to my friends ‘she is a piece of history gift-wrapped’.

“She was wonderful and had a lovely sense of humour… and that’s something somebody should have.

“Never let that fade away because if it does it starts a downward trend and you become rather dull.”

Adding that her mum was fit and active, even at the end of her life.

She said: “Only last Wednesday we were playing carpet bowls. She got tired, as she would at her age, but she never grumbled and she was always active. She was her usual self last week.

“Everyone at the home has been upset. She was very popular, the leading lady. What an age though, 112 and three quarters. She lived a very fulfilling life. She did everything with style.”