Party hits a high note for Sheffield’s 100-year-old Joseph

Joseph Trigg celebrates his 100th birthday at Alexander Court Nursing Home with friends and family
Joseph Trigg celebrates his 100th birthday at Alexander Court Nursing Home with friends and family
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HE spent years serenading audiences on Sheffield’s club scene, but the tables turned for Joseph Trigg when his family sang to celebrate his 100th birthday.

The great, great grandfather bounced back from a stroke to toast the landmark occasion with a bash at Alexander Court Nursing Home in Lydgate Court.

Joseph Trigg celebrates his 100th birthday at Alexander Court Nursing Home with friends and family. A picture of Joseph in his thirties when he was performing as a club singer

Joseph Trigg celebrates his 100th birthday at Alexander Court Nursing Home with friends and family. A picture of Joseph in his thirties when he was performing as a club singer

Joseph, an avid snooker fan, donned a special yellow t-shirt as he toasted his 100th year with his huge family.

And as a testament to his part-time showbiz career, an entertainer was drafted in to take widower Joseph on a trip down memory lane during the celebration.

When he was in his prime, Joseph was a regular performer at venues across the city and gained a reputation for his rendition of the Woody Woodpecker Song.

Singing Happy Birthday to her dad was something daughter Avis, 57, thought she might not get to do again after he fell ill in February.

She said: “It was a fabulous day. Not all of the family could make it but it’s a good job because they could barely fit us in.

“He used to sing in a lot of pubs and clubs so I gave the entertainer a list of his favourite songs.

“He had a stroke five years ago, then he had another one in February which was quite bad and I didn’t think he’d get to 100. I kept my fingers crossed he would.

“At the end of the party I asked him if he had enjoyed himself he told me ‘It’s nice round here - I’m very lucky’. It was good to hear him say that.”

Joseph was born in Wentworth Street, Upperthorpe, and has five children who all still live in South Yorkshire. He worked as a horizontal borer at Davy Lowy Ltd before his retirement.