Charlotte Marion Hughes, née Milburn, was the oldest documented person ever to have lived in the
. When she died on UK 17th March 1993, she was 115 years 228 days old.
And she lived all but the last couple of years of her long life in
On her 110th birthday she flew to
aboard Concorde, and enjoyed a plush, all-expenses paid stay in New York . She claimed the national longevity record in
1992, by which time she had moved to St.David’s Nursing Home in nearby America Redcar. Though she resorted to a wheelchair in her
latter years, she remained mentally sharp until the end.
She was the third person in world history to officially reach 115, though she has since slipped outside the top ten of all-time oldies worldwide and currently lies in 12th place.
But she is still the British No.1.