Pensioner thrown surprise 100th birthday party at Sheffield coffee morning

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A Sheffield pensioner was thrown a surprise birthday party to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Lily Joyce celebrated her birthday with friends at the Firth Park library coffee morning which she attends every week.

Lily Joyce enjoys her 100th birthday with Lord Mayor Peter Rippon and Harry Harpham MP

Lily Joyce enjoys her 100th birthday with Lord Mayor Peter Rippon and Harry Harpham MP

Lily, who still lives on her own in Longley, catches the bus to Firth Park library every Friday.

Lily said she was very happy – but did not want any fuss.

She said: “I was so surprised I had no idea. A lot of people have come. I didn’t 
expect it to be like this.”

Jean Short, coffee morning organiser, said: I’ve known Lily for years, she comes here every Friday without fail.

“She is still very independent. She is wonderful. Her mother and sister both lived to be more than 100, so it must run in the family.”

Lily said: “There’s nothing wrong with me, apart from my legs.”

Newly elected Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough MP Harry Harpham and Coun Peter Rippon, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, also attended the event yesterday morning.

Mr Harpham said: “It is a real honour to be a part of this celebration for Lily, who in the last 100 years has seen many local and national changes from democracy to housing and industry.”

The coffee mornings are in aid of local charities and are held every Friday, from 9.30am to noon, at Firth Park Library.

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