Sheffield woman celebrates 100th birthday

Winifred Brook celebrates her 100th birthday with family and friends
Winifred Brook celebrates her 100th birthday with family and friends
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It was high time for tea at the surprise birthday party of a Sheffield centenarian.

Winifred Brook was treated to a World War Two themed celebration, complete with afternoon tea, presents and entertainment, at High Green Miners Welfare, where she attends a luncheon club every week.

Winifred Brook with her telegram from the Queen

Winifred Brook with her telegram from the Queen

One of the highlights was when singers Razzle Dazzle, performed one of Winifred and her late husband’s favourite songs, The Twelfth Of Never.

Born in Walkley on November 29, 1914, Winifred has lived in Sheffield all her life and according to her granddaughter Teresa Merrick, she ‘loves’ the city.

Over the years Winifred worked in a fruit and vegetable store in the city centre and was a night nurse in Norton. She also helped make wigs for cancer patients.

When she was 18 she married her first husband Bill Merrick, a miner, with whom she had two children David and June.

She later divorced and at the age of 36, she married her second husband Bill Brook, who was in the Merchant Navy, and they had a daughter, Janet.

Winifred’s family continues to expand.

She is a grandmother of seven, great grandmother of nine and great, great grandmother of two.

She still lives independently in High Green with her beloved pet cat, Stomper.

According to Teresa it’s clean living which has led to Winifred’s long and happy life.

“She’s never smoked or drank and she worked until quite an age, which kept her active.

“She also has a big support network of family and friends - she’s a very popular lady.”