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Her main hobby was dancing, which she enjoyed until turning 107.
She was also a keen snooker fan and her favourite player was Jimmy White.
She had worked as a dressmaker and was described as "an excellent seamstress". She never smoked and rarely touched alcohol. She was a good cook, made her own bread and always ate wholesome food.
Genetics were on Mrs Lang's side; her mother died aged 91 and, when her family tree was traced, a family member found ancestors going back to the 1700s who all lived long lives
A great guy and had a good mind right to the end
Asked about the secret of her longevity, she said: "I have always been busy, I prefer being busy than being idle, that's what I don't like about now, I can't get about like I used to.
"I have always lived a straight life, never done stupid things. I have never gone beyond the limit, always been active. I think always being active keeps you young.
Gladys Hooper was running her own car hire business in her 20s
"I have done what I wanted to do and helped others as much as I could.
"I do not feel anything like the age I am, I do not feel any different to when I was 70," Mrs Hooper said.