Sheffield window saviour reaches 100

Cecil Higgins 100 years old celebrating with a party at Gleadless Methodist Church

Cecil Higgins 100 years old celebrating with a party at Gleadless Methodist Church

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A REMARKABLE Sheffield resident who pieced together from memory the damaged windows of Sheffield Cathedral after World War Two has celebrated his 100th birthday.

During a packed life Cecil Higgins, from Gleadless, has worked as a stained-glass window designer, artilleryman, book illustrator and Methodist preacher.

He removed the windows of cathedrals and churches across Yorkshire to protect them from bombing during the war.

The windows from Sheffield’s cathedrals were stored at Nunnery Colliery in Handsworth, but were damaged by flooding, meaning Cecil had to painstakingly assemble them again in 1946.

Some of his glass design work remains in place at St Mary’s in Bolsterstone.

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