Oldest person in Britain dies, aged 111

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A former suffragette who was believed to be Britain's oldest person has died at the age of 111.

Annie Knight died at the Royal Cornhill Hospital in Aberdeen, on Monday. She put her long life down to a diet of of porridge, no alcohol and the occasional sweet.

Mrs Knight's son Bill, 86, said: "She looked well and was proud to have lived so long. She was a keen suffragette and a Scottish nationalist who was not afraid to speak her mind."

Mrs Knight, who had two grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, was born in Glasgow on 6 June, 1895.

Coincidentally, she shared her birthday with Britain's oldest man, Henry Allingham, 110.

A spokeswoman for Guinness World Records said she could not yet confirm that Mrs Knight was Britain's oldest person as the organisation had not received all the necessary documentation from her family.

The oldest person in the world on record is Elizabeth Bolden, 116, who lives in a nursing home in Memphis, Tennessee.