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Happy 127th birthday for Cuban great-great-grandma

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Happy 127th birthday for Cuban great-great-grandma

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Cuba has been celebrating the birthday of a woman said to be the oldest not just on the island but possibly in the world.

Candelaria Rodriguez, or ‘Candulia’ as she is affectionately known by her family, has just turned 127.

When she was born in 1885, Cuba was still a Spanish colony and slavery had yet to be abolished on the island. The birth of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro was still 42 years away.

Local schoolchildren joined the family party – in the appropriately named Granma province – which included Candulia’s 82-year-old youngest son and six great-great-grandchildren.