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.

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.”