A YORKSHIRE parishioner who has played the organ in her local church for more than 70 years is about to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as "the oldest active musician in the world".
Record-breaking Mrs Jenny Newhouse, who celebrates her 103rd birthday next week, has been playing the organ at St Boniface's church in High Bentham, Lancaster, since 1920 and still plays three times a week for the 70-strong congregation.
A delighted Mrs Newhouse told the Catholic' Herald this week how she came to be credited with the record after her 11-yearold great-granddaughter Lydia, who lives in London, was given a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records for Christmas.
"She saw a photo of a 102year-old lady who was supposed to be the oldest, but the lady's birthday was in November, so she went straight to her daddy and said: `Oh no she's not my granny is!' And what did the little thing do then but she wrote off to them...".
Mrs Newhouse, who taught herself to play in her teens, says she had to send a copy of her birth certificate and have her playing verified by the parish priest the 15th in her time at St Boniface's and two witnesses.