Birthday bash fun for Nellie

Nellie McCarthy 104th birthday was celebrated at St Theresa's,Princ of Wales Rd.''Pic shows Nellie with members of her family
Nellie McCarthy 104th birthday was celebrated at St Theresa's,Princ of Wales Rd.''Pic shows Nellie with members of her family
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The great-great grandmother marked another major milestone with a party at the weekend welcoming her ever-growing family at St Theresa’s church hall in Prince of Wales Road.

Special guests included the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Alan Law and the Bishop of Hallam John Rawsthorne.

They joined her daughter Margaret Colledge, eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren for the birthday bash.

Born in Grimesthorpe, Nellie left school and started work as a barmaid in a pub in Attercliffe, where she met her husband Jim.

The couple had two children – Margaret and son David, although he sadly died in 2002.

She has been a widow for 58 years, following Jim’s death in 1953.

Nellie worked in various different jobs including in service and as a carer in nursing homes – her last job before retirement was as a cleaner at Edgar Allen’s steelworks.

Today Nellie, who lives on the Manor with grandson Martin, is a regular at two weekly lunch clubs.

Margaret, 72, said: “She loves having company – and we’re a very close-knit family so there’s always someone around. She also likes a tot of whisky – and that’s what she puts her long life down to, along with lots of hard work.”