A very special double celebration was in order at a Sheffield care home - where two residents have reached a combined age of 207.
Cake and candles were laid on yesterday afternoon at Brackenfield Care Home in Frecheville, where Lilian Frisby turned 104 and Hilda Adamson 103.
Lilian says the secret to living for more than a century is ‘to have good health, to be happy and safe’, while Hilda says she still tries to do ‘as much as possible’ for herself.
Hilda was born in Attercliffe as one of seven children, and is a lifelong Sheffielder.
After leaving school she worked as a shop assistant, also holding jobs at Glossop Road Baths and Greystones Laundry.
Her hobbies include knitting, reading, and watching snooker on television.
“Being well in health and having friends is what makes me happy,” she said.
“My attitude to life is to simply enjoy it. I want to remain fit and healthy and manage to do as much as possible for myself.
“I’ve done a lot in my lifetime and now I just want to take things easy.”
Lilian - known as Lily - was born in Paradise Street in Sheffield city centre, as the eldest of four children.
Former bookkeeper Lily married her husband Harry around 70 years ago, but the brief union ended in divorce, which was unusual for the time.
She had no children and never remarried.
She lived in the Rivelin Valley, then returned to be in the city centre before moving into a property at the old Kelvin flats aged 62.
Her great-niece Claire Wilson said: “Lily has been very satisfied with the simple pleasures of life.
“She was a keen ballroom dancer and continued dancing up until the age of 85.
“Lily enjoyed horse racing, and used to have a bet every day. And she’s very interested in politics.”
Claire added: “She has maintained her dignity and helped to bring up a large family, none of whom she was directly responsible for - we owe her a great deal.”
Lily said: “I don’t have any unfulfilled ambitions or regrets. The most important thing is to have good health, to be happy and safe.”
Hilda and Lilian were treated to entertainment and a cake prepared in the Brackenfield Hall kitchens.