One of Sheffield’s oldest residents celebrates 105th birthday

Great grandma May Lashmar celebrates her 105th birthday with sons Joe and John, daughter-in-law Angela and Sheffcare team member Gill Thomas
Great grandma May Lashmar celebrates her 105th birthday with sons Joe and John, daughter-in-law Angela and Sheffcare team member Gill Thomas
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One of Sheffield’s oldest residents is celebrating her 105th birthday - but she’ll have to wait until August to get her special card from the Queen.

Great-grandmother May Lashmar, who lives at the Sheffcare Grange Crescent Residential Care Home in Nether Edge, was born on May 11 1911.

But when her dad was given the money to register her birth in Walthamstow, North London, he stopped off at the pub to celebrate - and didn’t get around to doing the job until August 1.

So although she will receive her royal greeting in August, May’s family marked her special anniversary on the actual date of her birth, rather than the official one.

May - who was one of ten children - has two sons, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A keen bowler and golfer until she was well into her 90s, May coached county bowls on the Isle of Wight where she lived for more than 60 years and has always said that keeping active is the secret to her long life.

She also helped set up the National Playing Fields Association on the island, a trust that helps protect sports pitches and children’s playgrounds.

Her son John Lashmar, 70, said: “She particually loved bowls and golf but she wanted everyone to have the chance to play all sports.”

He added that May is family-orientated and loves ‘good company’ and spending time with her grandchildren.

The former officer worker was married her husband Jack, who built lifeboats, for more than 30 years death in 1970. She moved to be Sheffield in 2012 to live with her son John and his family but is now happily settled in Grange Crescent in Sharrow, where she is now one of the home’s oldest residents.