A Sheffield woman born in the middle of the road in Blackpool when her mum suddenly went into labour has celebrated a remarkable milestone – her 106th birthday.
Vera Greenwood spent her special day surrounded by family and friends eating cake and drinking wine at Darwin House, a residential care home in Crosspool.
Vera moved to Sheffield in 1995 to take care of her younger sister Marie who had suffered a stroke.
The pair had made a deal when they were younger that if one of them needed care in old age then the other would provide it.
Vera’s niece Angela Peel said: “She just upped sticks and moved to Sheffield. There’s not a lot of sisters that would do that.”
Vera was born in Blackpool in the middle of a road while her parents were on holiday.
“They had to stop the traffic,” said Vera.
She lived most of her life in Bradford before moving to Sheffield to care for Marie.
Until Marie’s death in 1997 they lived in a bungalow in Ecclesall next to Ecclesall church.
Vera then moved into supported living in Ranulf Court in Millhouses where she was always the life and soul of the community.
When she was 98 she missed welcoming in the a New Year because she had too much to drink!
Angela said: “The warden had to take her back to her house.
“I think having a tipple is the secret to her long life. And having no children.”
Vera worked as a secretary and married Jeffrey, who died in 1978. She has 13 great nieces and nephews and 14 great great nieces and nephews.
Angela described her aunt as very feisty and very stubborn.
“If she says no she means no.”
Vera is a keen follower of rugby and golf and while living in Sheffield she became a snooker fan.