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Britain's oldest person Grace Jones dies aged 112

She charmed viewers on This Morning last year

Britain's oldest living person Grace Jones has died at the remarkable age of 112.

Grace passed away in her sleep on Friday 7th June at her home in Broadway, Worcestershire, her family revealed.

Grace previously appeared on ITV's This Morning and said her secret to living a long life is a daily dose of Famous Grouse whiskey.

Grace (left) previously appeared on ITV's This Morning (Credit: ITV)

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Grace was born on September 6, 1906, five years after Queen Victoria passed away.

The mother-of-one took the title of the oldest UK person last summer after the previous oldest person, Olive Boar, died aged 113.

Grace's daughter Deirdre McCarthy, 80, said her mum lived a "very fulfilling" life before her death.

Speaking to the BBC, Deirdre said: "I never dreamt when I was a little girl that my mother would be the talking point of the whole country.

"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.

Grace has died at the remarkable age of 112 (Credit: ITV News)

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

She was wonderful and had a lovely sense of humour.

She added: "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."

Grace appeared on This Morning last year alongside Deirdre, who spoke about her mother's whiskey trick.

Deirdre said: "Every night she has a little drop of this," as she held up the whiskey bottle. "Every night."

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Grace had also told the Daily Mail: "I have a little drop of whiskey with a drop of water every night. Whisky is very good for you.

"I started having a nightly tot of it when I turned 50 so I’ve been having it every night for the last 60 years and I certainly have no intention of stopping now.

"My doctor said, 'keep up with the whisky Grace, it’s good for your heart.' I don’t worry, I think that’s the worst thing you can do."

Grace's funeral is being held at St Michael & All Angels C Of E Church, in Church Street, Broadway, on Tuesday, July 2 from 2pm.

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