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Happy 104th birthday to Sheffield great-gran

Kay Travis celebrating her 104th birthday with family in Crosspool.

Kay Travis celebrating her 104th birthday with family in Crosspool.

  • by Alex Evans
 

A Sheffield family had 104 reasons to celebrate as a great grandmother celebrated a massive birthday milestone.

Kay Travis, who has lived in the city all her life, turned 104 years old in style.

A party was held at Le Bistro Piere restaurant on Ecclesall Road – her favourite eatery.

The Broomhill mother-of-one has two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Son John Travis, aged 74, puts her longevity down to healthy eating – and the odd tipple of whiskey.

He said: “I think it’s because she has always eaten home-cooked food.

“She’s very active and very strong-willed. She goes out once a month for lunch with friends and plays bridge every couple of months.

“She has got into whiskey recently – I think that could have had an impact!”

As well as living in Sheffield all her life, Kay also has another strong connection to the city – her late husband Reginald Travis’ family 
business was Travis, Wilson & Co, which made pewter and metal products in Sheffield.

Kay, a keen gardener who also enjoys embroidery and flower arranging, has a history of long life among the women in her family.

John added: “Her mother lived until she was 92, her aunt lived until she was 87, another aunt was 102.

“I think the women in the family are certainly long-living!”

Kay’s carer Enis Evans is herself aged 71 and their friendship has helped them both. “Enis has been Kay’s carer for five or six years, and they get on extremely well together.

“She is from Home Instead, who have been very good to her.”

 

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