11th October, 2010
Britainâ€™s oldest virgin has celebrated her 107th birthday – and put her longevity down toÂ her abstinence.
Proud Clara Meadmore, who once lived in New Zealand, has never had sex because she wasÂ â€œtoo busyâ€ for intimate relationships which seemed like â€œa lot of hassleâ€.
Her only surviving family are two nieces in New Zealand.
Clara knew she would remain single from the age of 12 and abstained as a young woman toÂ concentrate on earning a living, she told British newspaper the Daily Mail.
The retired secretary said sex meant marriage during her youth in the 1920s and 1930s -Â and she wasnâ€™t interested in settling down.
She marked her 107th birthday with a small party with friends at her nursing home inÂ Cornwall. Clara received a card from the Queen and celebrated with a drop of wine.
She said: â€œPeople have asked whether I am a homosexual and the answer is no. I have justÂ never been interested in or fancied having sex.
â€œIâ€™ve always had lots of platonic friendships with men but never felt the need to goÂ further than that or marry.â€