I read the article about a lady celebrating her 101st birthday (Guardian, April 24).
The article mentioned that this lady was only six years younger than the “present oldest person in Essex”, a lady who died in 2007, at the age of 107.
Unfortunately, the 107-year-old lady was not the oldest person in Essex of all time.
That accolade belongs to a lady I cared for at a care home in Buckhurst Hill, on the Essex side of the boundary.
The lady I am talking about – Miss Lucy Askew – was born in 1883 and died in 1997, aged 114.
She had even been mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest living person when the book went to print in the UK.