Meet Lucy Stanier - one of Sheffield’s oldest residents at 104 and counting!
Lucy has witnessed two world wars, 19 Prime Ministers and five monarchs - and puts the secret of her longevity down simply to ‘enjoying life’.
The centenarian - known to her family as Lulu - lives at Hallamshire Care Home in Broomhall, where staff say she is their oldest resident ever.
Her granddaughter Cherry Smith, 39, from Hunters Bar, said she thought Lucy was ‘quite amazing’.
“She has a really wicked sense of humour and I think she’s just always enjoyed life. She’s still very physically fit and healthy.
“She’s more than 100 years older than my daughter, which I cannot get my head around!”
Originally from Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, Lucy worked as a legal secretary from the age of 18.
During World War Two she continued with her secretarial duties in Britain, but afterwards was sent to work with the Allied Control Council, which oversaw Germany following Hitler’s defeat.
She married her husband Fred - a keen cyclist who worked for Michelin Tyres - in 1966.
Lucy moved to Dronfield to live with her son Bruce when Fred died in 1995, then travelled to America with him, staying in the USA until the age of 99, when she came back to Sheffield.
Bruce was born in 1947 to a previous partner of Lucy’s.
Fashionable Lucy was a creative young woman, as proved in pictures of her in her younger years in stylish clothes and shoes, with a waved bob haircut.
“She loved painting and drawing, and wanted to design clothing for a living, but she never turned it into her profession,” said Karen Payling, deputy manager at the home.
“She’s very sociable and enjoys singing. Her favourite songs are music hall numbers - after all, 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 Schofield, is still alive aged 88. She has two grandchildren - Bruce’s son and daughter Robbie and Cherry - as well as two great-granddaughters, Elvie, four, and Anja, one.
Karen said Lucy’s momentous anniversary was ‘incredible’. “She’s the first resident we’ve had who’s reached 104.”
Landmark dates in the life of Lucy
Lucy was born in 1909, five years after The University of Sheffield was founded. People of the city had donated a penny each to the cause to raise £50,000 - about £17m in today’s money - to build it.
Lucy was just five years old - barely older than her great-granddaughter Elvie - when WWI broke out in 1914. She was 30 when war swept Europe again in 1939.
By the time Beatlemania came to Sheffield City Hall in March 1963, Lucy was already 53 years old. She was 81 when Meadowhall opened its doors to shoppers in September 1990.