BARNSLEY’S oldest person - who has lived through two world wars and seen 26 prime ministers in post - will turn 110 next week.

Margaret Hammond was born on May 25, 1912, on Wombwell High Street - and she’s currently the eighth oldest person in the UK.

She worked as a waitress in a restaurant on Market Street in the town centre and married Noel Leslie Hammond in 1936 with whom she had four children - Bill, Bob, Maggie and Lynda.

Margaret was active well past her 100th birthday and lived on her own until she turned 105, when she moved to a Wakefield care home to be closer to Lynda.

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Her favourite memory was meeting the former chairman of Morrisons supermarket, Sir Kenneth Morrison, when she was 100.

Lynda, her youngest daughter, said: “She said to him that she has always eaten well, always worked hard and always behaved herself which I think she credits to living a long life.

“We’re hoping to hold a birthday party in our garden for her when she turns 110.”