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Last Updated: Saturday, 31 March 2007, 14:56 GMT 15:56 UK
Oldest lady enjoys 111th birthday
Florence Baldwin with the Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Mohammed Iqbal
Florence Baldwin with the Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Mohammed Iqbal
A celebration has been held in Leeds to mark the 111th birthday of the oldest woman in the UK who puts her longevity down to clean living and hard work.

Guinness World Record holder Florence Emily Baldwin, known as Florrie, was born in the city on 31 March 1896.

Mrs Baldwin, who married her late husband Clifford in 1920, has taken the titles of Oldest Woman in the UK and Oldest Living Person in the UK.

Grandson David Worsnop said she was a single-minded lady.

Mr Worsnop said: "Even aged 105 she had been up on the kitchen work surface putting up new curtains.

"Not only that, but up until she was 104 she was up the ladders cleaning the windows."

She used to tell me about the Boer War, the relief of Mafeking and the first car she saw
David Worsnop

Her daughter Mazie Worsnop added: "She's never smoked or drank. In fact she's only just started having a glass of sherry."

David continued: "She's a very single-minded woman, very determined, and was always on the go.

Mrs Baldwin has one daughter, two grandsons, four great grandchildren, six great grandchildren

The family said she had been fit all her life and had not even been registered with a doctor until she was 104.

Queen Victoria

Her only contact with the medical world had been a cataract operation when she was in her 80s.

Mrs Baldwin can recall meeting Queen Victoria during a visit to Leeds.

"She came to Leeds station, she stayed a few hours and spoke to everybody. She was quite nice."

Mrs Baldwin was joined for her birthday celebrations by family and friends along with a visit from the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Mohammed Iqbal and editor of the Guinness World Records, Craig Glenday, who presented her with a certificate.

David Worsnop said he was proud of his grandmother.

"She used to tell me about the Boer War, the relief of Mafeking and the first car she saw."




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