One of Sheffield’s oldest residents is 104 - and counting!
Lucy Stanier has seen two world wars, 19 Prime Ministers and five monarchs - and puts the secret of her longevity simply to leading a ‘good, healthy life’.
The centenarian lives at Hallamshire Care Home in Broomhall, where staff say she is their oldest resident ever.
Karen Payling, deputy manager at the home, said she thought Lucy’s momentous anniversary was ‘incredible’.
“She’s the first one who’s ever reached 104, we’ve not had anyone of that age before, it’s incredible,” said Karen.
“She’s in very good health, there’s nothing that’s really wrong with her, no minor illnesses or anything.
“Lucy is lovely. Most of the time she is really happy and smiling, and she’s a really nice person. She asks how old she is, and she knows she was born in 1909 - she can work out her age from there.”
Lucy was born in Stoke-on-Trent and worked as a typist for many years. She married her husband Fred in 1966, but when he died she moved out to Ohio in America to live near her son, Bruce, only moving back to Sheffield aged 99.
“She loved painting and drawing, and wanted to design clothing for a living as a young lady, but never turned it into her profession,” said Karen.
“She’s a very social person and enjoys singing. Her favourite songs are music hall numbers - she was over 50 when the Beatles came out in the 1960s.”
Lucy had four brothers - Harry, Stuart, Fred and Cyril - of which only one, Stuart, is still alive. She has two grandchildren - Bruce’s son Robbie and daughter Cherry - as well as two great-granddaughters, Elvie and Anja.
“Living to 104 is probably just down to good living,” said Karen.
“I don’t think she really drank or smoked, she’s just had a good healthy life.”