Northumberland's oldest person has died, aged 108

Connie Mossman on her 108th birthday in February 2015. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Connie Mossman on her 108th birthday in February 2015. Picture by Jane Coltman.
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A much-loved 108-year-old from Amble has died.

Connie Mossman passed away peacefully in Alnwick Infirmary on Christmas Eve. She was mum to Gwen Turnbull, as well as a loving grandma and great grandma. Her funeral is at St Cuthbert’s Church, Amble, on Tuesday at 11am. Family flowers only. She will be missed by all of her family and friends.

Connie Mossman with her daughter Gwen Turnbull. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Connie Mossman with her daughter Gwen Turnbull. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Connie was one of the 40 oldest people in Britain and the oldest person in Northumberland. She was born in Amble on February 7, 1907, and lived there most of her life. One of her earliest memories was seeing the troops marching down the town's Queen Street before heading off to fight in the First World War.

Connie put her secret of long life down to eating healthily and lots of exercise.

In the summer of 2014, she was one of around 70 one-hundred-year-olds who attended a special party at The Alnwick Garden to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

She marked her 108th birthday with a a quiet, family celebration.

Connie Mossman in her younger days.

Connie Mossman in her younger days.

In 2011, Connie, aged 104 at the time, hit the headlines after she became embroiled in an asbestos nightmare. The frustrated centenarian faced a desperate battle to knock down the shed in the back garden of her Amble home because of the structure's asbestos roof, and she had struggled to find anyone who could remove it. But after the Gazette revealed her ordeal, a company from Killingworth vowed to help, offering to do the work for free, ending her asbestos troubles.

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Connie Mossman at a special party at The Alnwick Garden in 2014 for 100-year-olds. She was aged 107 at the time. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Connie Mossman at a special party at The Alnwick Garden in 2014 for 100-year-olds. She was aged 107 at the time. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Connie was delighted with the work carried out on her asbestos roof by Paul and Richard Eldred of Forward Industrial Roof Repairs in 2011. Picture by Jane Coltman

Connie was delighted with the work carried out on her asbestos roof by Paul and Richard Eldred of Forward Industrial Roof Repairs in 2011. Picture by Jane Coltman