Priest celebrating her 111th birthday in 2019
|Birth:||7 November 1908|
Tredegar, Wales, UK
|Age:||112 years, 75 days|
Sarah Lilian Priest (née Lloyd; born 7 November 1908) is a British supercentenarian who is the oldest living person in the United Kingdom. Her age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group.
Priest was born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales. She moved to Bournemouth at the age of 18 to work in a friend’s bed and breakfast for six months.
Priest was married and had at least one child: a daughter, Wendy. She used to play the piano and sing. At 106, she was no longer able to do so, but could still remember all the words to the songs she used to sing. She and her husband also did a lot of travelling.
Priest currently lives in a retirement home in Swanage, Dorset, England. She became the oldest living person in the United Kingdom following the death of Joan Hocquard on 24 October 2020. The following month, she celebrated her 112th birthday, but was not able to have any visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic; however, her daughter was able to see her from a distance through a door.
On 19 January 2021 at the age 112, she received her first dose of the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine, making her one of oldest people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Priest's sister, Gwen Moore (born 27 November 1911), lives in Bongaree, Queensland, Australia, at the age of 109 years, 55 days.
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