Britain’s oldest person Gladys Hooper has died at the age of 113.The former concert pianist died at her nursing home in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, her son Derek Hermiston said. “She passed away, she just faded – 113 and a half is a good old age,” Mr Hermiston, 85, said.
“We saw her this morning, she seemed reasonably well, she was sleeping. We had left her for just about an hour when they called us to tell us she had passed away.”
Mrs Hooper broke a Guinness World Record last year when she became the oldest person to undergo a hip replacement operation which was carried out by consultant orthopaedic surgeon Jason Millington at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport.
Mrs Hooper was widowed in 1988 when her husband Leslie, who was a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps in the two World Wars, died. She had another great link to aviation, as she was good college friends with Amy Johnson, who later became a world famous aviatrix.