A FORMER crane driver has celebrated her 91st birthday with an ‘open house’ for friends and family.
Ida Brummitt is still in fine health, despite shockingly going blind overnight in June last year.
Born in 1920 and originally from Loxley, Ida had never heard of the British Steel Corporation in Brightside until she got a job there aged 18.
She ended up staying for 38 years working in eight different departments and driving a 100-tonne crane.
Ida, now of Wisewood Lane, Loxley, said: “I never sent a doctor’s note in all the time I worked there, even though I once slipped down a ladder.
“It had a very long machinery work department, which measured a quarter of a mile. My first job was boring guns in a large machine shop.
“They put me in a man’s boiler suit and the middle came right down to my knees, so everyone was coming to look at me!”
Ida was married to steelworker Fred for 57 years until he died 10 years ago.
Thirty of Ida’s friends and family, including 33-year-old twin grandsons Tom and Tim, were there to help her celebrate her 91st year.
Daughter Sheila Rumboll, who organised the bash, said: “It was absolutely fantastic, it was amazing.
“I’d told mum there would be a few surprises and a couple of people would be popping in.
“There were 30 of us and we had a load of lovely food. Then 14 of us went to the casino the next night for a meal. Mum had a brilliant time.”
The family organised a collection, instead of spending money on presents.
The £200 raised will go to the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind on Mappin Street, which has helped Ida out since her diagnosis.
The organisation runs days out and activities for blind and partially sighted people.
Sheila said Ida enjoyed going to the bingo with her, attending a friendship group at St Polycarp’s Church and days out with friend Dot, 80.