Amazing Annie is 111

Cutting her cake and sharing a toast with family, Leamington resident Annie Butler was all smiles as celebrated her 111th birthday on June 4.

The pensioner, who still lives alone and cooks for herself, is one of the oldest people in the UK.

She has lived through two World Wars, the invention of the television and witnessed technology transform the world.

Mrs Butler, nee Allen, was born in Barford in 1897 during the reign of Queen Victoria and shortly after writer Oscar Wilde was released from prison.

She moved to Warwick after marrying her husband Edward in 1922, the year that the Irish Civil War began.

The trained tailor lived in the town for 20 years with their son Peter before moving to Whitnash.

She had a successful career while her husband was a dispatch rider in the First World War. The family stayed in the area until the 1960s and moved to New Milton near Bournemouth after Mr Butler retired.

But the great-grandmother decided to return to Leamington after her husband died in 1995 and receives a telegram from the Queen every year congratulating her on her long life.

Speaking after her 110th birthday last year, Mrs Butler said: "I am surprised to still be around. I think I must be one of the oldest people in England."

Her son Peter, formerly a partner with chartered surveyors and estate agents Loveitts, is now in his 70s and lives in Leamington.

He said: "She is the second oldest woman in the UK and must be the oldest one living on her own. She is surprised that she keeps going."

Mr Butler believes his mother's long life could be down to her clean-living lifestyle and added: "She has never smoked or done anything to excess and only drinks a little drop of sherry."

* Britain's oldest woman is Florence Emily Baldwin who celebrated her 112th birthday in March this year. She was born on March 31, 1896.

Britain's oldest man, Henry Allingham, celebrated his 112th birthday on June 6. Mr Allingham, who lives in Sussex, is one of the three known British First World War survivors.

*The oldest person ever to live in Britain was Charlotte Hughes. She died in 1993 aged 115.

* The world's oldest ever person, Jeanne Calment from France, died in 1997, aged 122.