WATCH: Connie’s canny at 108

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An Amble birthday girl will certainly need a big cake to help her mark the special day – because she needs to fit 108 candles on it.

Connie Mossman, who is one of Britain’s oldest people, celebrates the amazing milestone on Saturday.

Connie Mossman celebrates her 108th birthday on Saturday. Picture by Jane Coltman

Connie Mossman celebrates her 108th birthday on Saturday. Picture by Jane Coltman

The centenarian, who was born in 1907, will be honouring the occasion with a quiet, family celebration, because she ‘doesn’t like to make a fuss’.

Connie lives in Marks Bridge with her 77-year-old daughter Gwen Turnbull. She also has three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The soon-to-be 108-year-old was born in Amble and has lived there most of her life. One of her earliest memories is seeing the troops marching down Queen Street before heading off to fight in the First World War.

Connie puts the secret of long life down to eating healthily and lots of exercise.

Last summer, 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.

According to the Oldest in Britain website, Connie is ranked 64th. She is, however, the oldest person in Northumberland. The oldest British person is Gladys Hooper, from the Isle of Wight, who was born in January 1903 and is aged 112.