PUBLIC BUILDING TRIBUTE FOR BRITAIN’S OLDEST WOMAN?

Bermondsey resident Grace Jones, who was Britain’s oldest person before she passed away in November, could have a public building named in her honour if it is agreed by local councillors.

Born in 1899 – and after a life spanning into three centuries and including two World Wars – the ‘supercentenarian’ died three weeks before her 114th birthday as the sixth oldest person in the world.

Now Liberal Democrat councillors from Bermondsey have proposed that a public building is named after her to celebrate her long and remarkable life.

They have put forward a motion to Southwark’s next Council Assembly meeting on 22 January calling on the council to bestow the honour “at the earliest opportunity”.

The motion will be voted on by all councillors.

Commenting, Riverside ward councillor Cllr Eliza Mann, who is proposing the motion, said:

“Grace Jones led a long and remarkable life, which should be noted with a fitting tribute by Southwark Council.”

“Naming a public building after her would be a mark of respect for somebody who lived through the whole of the 20th century and beyond, and was one of the best know residents of our borough.”

“I am sure all councillors will be able to get behind this proposal and make it happen.”