Hilda Adamson showed she still knows how to party at the grand old age of 104 – when staff at Brackenfield Hall Care Home, Frecheville, threw a celebration for her birthday.
Wearing a new purple suit she had bought the previous day at Crystal Peaks, Hilda enjoyed being the centre of attention among family, friends and staff during her birthday bash.
Local singer Katie Rebecca provided the entertainment, performing songs from Hilda’s younger days, including You Are My Sunshine and The Lambeth Walk.
Residents joined in shaking tambourines and maracas, while birthday girl Hilda donned a pink feather boa and sparkling crown, and sipped a glass of fizz.
A resident of Sheffield all her life, Hilda lived in the same house on Vicarage Road, Attercliffe, for the first 65 years of her life, with parents Ada and Bill.
But, while little changed during those years in Hilda’s life, the city around her was changing all the time.
She lived through two world wars including the Sheffield Blitz in 1940 when the city was hit by heavy bombing, leading to the loss of over 660 lives and the destruction of numerous buildings.
And, although Hilda has seen things destroyed in the city, she’s also witnessed many new additions too.
During her years, Sheffield City Hall, Park Hill flats, the Crucible Theatre, the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Ponds Forge leisure centre have all come into being.
Hilda’s niece Josie Moncrieff said her aunt was very close to her family who all lived in Sheffield, and so she never had a desire to leave the city.
Josie said: “She’s an incredibly caring person and spent her whole life caring for others and running around after people.”
One of five children, Hilda worked at Greystones laundrette, Attercliffe Baths and Glossop Road Baths over the years.
After retiring she lived in Norfolk Park and Mosborough before becoming one of Brackenfield Hall Care Home’s first residents in 2009.
Care manager Dawn Martin said: “She arrived with us when she was 99 years old and has celebrated all her big birthdays with us since.
“She’s our oldest resident and one of the biggest characters.
“At 104 she’s still bright and bubbly, joining in with activities and enjoying trips out.
“Just yesterday she was out shopping for her party outfit – a gift from the home.”
So what is Hilda’s secret to a long and happy life?
“Being happy with what she’s got,” said Josie.
“She’s never complained about anything in her life – she’s always been happy and enjoyed caring for others.”