Sheffield centenarian and wartime steelworker celebrates 100th

John Crawford celebrates his 100th birthday with son and daughter-in-law Steve and Lynda Crawford at the Mason's Arms, Thorpe Hesley.
John Crawford celebrates his 100th birthday with son and daughter-in-law Steve and Lynda Crawford at the Mason's Arms, Thorpe Hesley.
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A great-grandad who spent decades enjoying a pint and ‘smoking like a chimney’ has raised a glass to his 100th year.

John Crawford, from Ecclesfield, Sheffield, headed back to the pub to celebrate becoming a centenarian.

The great-grandfather-of-seven - who smoked from being a teenager until well into his pensionable years, and enjoyed a regular pint of Mackeson stout - was joined by friends and family at The Mason’s Arms in Thorpe Hesley.

Daughter-in-law Sue Crawford, who used to be married to John’s son Steve, revealed: “He used to smoke and drink a lot! He gave up smoking about 25 years ago but he used to smoke like a chimney.

“But he has always had a manual job, which kept him fit. And he looks after himself. He likes to live by himself, and he guards his independence jealously.

“He’s very stubborn - his last words to me after the party were, ‘Now I’m going to make it to 101’. I don’t think he’s going anywhere yet.”

John has two sons, one grandson, three granddaughters, six great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter, many of whom celebrated with him on his big day.

He was a steel erector during the Second World War, and in later life worked in construction.

He has a brother and sister still going strong aged 88 and 92, who both came along to help toast his milestone.

Sue said the party ‘went brilliantly’. “He was thrilled with his telegram from the Queen - and when The Star photographer came!”