Britain's oldest person celebrates 112th birthday

  • 18 January 2015
Gladys Hooper and family Image copyright Steve Parsons/PA
Image caption Gladys Hooper has been joined by family from far and wide for her landmark birthday

The oldest person in Britain celebrates her 112th birthday today.

Gladys Hooper, from the Isle of Wight, is the UK's oldest person alive according to the Gerontology Research Group records.

Gladys, who has four grandchildren and six great grandchildren, was born in 1903 - the same year the Wright brothers invented the first aeroplane.

Talking about her long life, she said: "I have always lived a straight life, never done stupid things."

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Image caption Gladys Hooper was running her own car hire business in her 20s

"I have never gone beyond the limit, always been active. I think always being active keeps you young." she added.

Members of Gladys's family travelled from across the UK and as far away as British Columbia, Canada, to be with her on her birthday.