Minnie celebrates 100th year in her new home

Pictured is Minnie Newby a resident at Paddock Hill Nursing Home,Gleadless Road,celebrating her 100th Birthday,Minnie with her son Roy and nursing home staff
Pictured is Minnie Newby a resident at Paddock Hill Nursing Home,Gleadless Road,celebrating her 100th Birthday,Minnie with her son Roy and nursing home staff
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She’s a tough London lass who found a new home in Sheffield later in life.

And it was clear that Minnie Newby’s southern charm has stood the test of time as family, friends and carers toasted her 100th birthday.

Staff at Paddock Hill Nursing Home in Newfield Green threw a big bash for the popular resident in honour of the landmark occasion.

The great-grandmother might have only moved to the city 13 years ago, but she is a treasured adopted Sheffielder.

Minnie, who was born in Paddington, London, was joined by fellow residents, son Roy, aged 74, her two grandchildren and three great grandchildren for the celebrations.

Roy, of Dronfield, grew up in the big smoke but was moved to Sheffield by his employers the Midland Bank more than 30 years ago.

After losing her husband Ellis George, known as George, in 2000 Minnie moved to be closer to her son and his family. She made plenty of pals while living in a flat in Low Edges, before moving to Paddock Hill in 2008.

Roy said: “I am the only one so she moved to be nearer me and her grandchildren when my dad died.

“He was 92 so he lived to a good age too. When he retired they lived in Ramsgate in Kent.

“They both loved walking, they’d go out walking for miles and miles until quite late into their lives.”

Some might have found it hard to up sticks at such an old age.

But Minnie’s resilience – stemming from losing both parents at an early age – helped her build a new life in the city.

Roy added: “She is quite tough, she’s made of stern stuff.

“She certainly seems to be a firm favourite at Paddock Hill. They look after her very well.”