Sheffield Woman of Steel celebrates her 100th birthday

Doris Dyson, aged 100, with relative Rosemary Slinn
Doris Dyson, aged 100, with relative Rosemary Slinn
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A Woman of Steel who made knives for British soldiers during the war has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Doris Dyson marked her special day with her sisters, aged 93 and 89, and dozens of other friends and family members.

Doris Dyson, aged 100, with the Mayor of Skegness George Saxon and consort Julie

Doris Dyson, aged 100, with the Mayor of Skegness George Saxon and consort Julie

Doris was born on May 14, 1915, to parents Ivy and Joe Dyson, of Ashworth Cottages in Darnall.

She grew up as part of a big family with five siblings – Wilf, Joe, Stella, Ivy and Alice.

Family member, Mike Lawton, said: “She attended Whitby Road School and left at 14 to start her first job, which was as a nursemaid to two young children.

“She later moved on to a company called Cooper’s, which made studs for football boots.”

Doris Dyson, aged 100, with her sisters, Ivy and Alice

Doris Dyson, aged 100, with her sisters, Ivy and Alice

During the Second World War, Doris worked at Richardson’s in Sheffield making knives for British soldiers, and later worked at Sheffield Twist Drill. She continued working there until her retirement.

Mike said: “In between work, Doris spent a lot of her time carrying out charity work for the IPF – Infantile Paralysis Fellowship – for young children. The charity later became the British Polio Fellowship.

“She also became a blood donor, giving over 50 pints of blood, for which she received a gold medal.”

Doris did not marry or have children, but she remained very close to her sisters, Ivy and Alice, and their families. Alice’s husband, John Reynolds, was well-known for his job as the curator of Bishop’s House in Norton Lees.

Doris Dyson, aged 100, with her card from the Queen

Doris Dyson, aged 100, with her card from the Queen

After Alice and Ivy’s husbands died, the three sisters moved into a house together in Skegness. Their home had a granny flat, which they let out to holidaymakers.

They lived together until about three years ago, when Alice, aged 89, had a stroke and moved into a nearby care home.

Mike said: “Doris and Ivy continued to live at their home, which is close to the sea front, and looking after their home and gardens.

“Just recently, they have decided that at 100 years old for Doris, and 93 for Ivy, it has become a bit too much to look after, and they are looking to move to a bungalow.”

Women of Steel who worked at Dormer Limited - Sheffield Twist Drill

Women of Steel who worked at Dormer Limited - Sheffield Twist Drill

Doris’ 100th birthday party was held at a hotel on the Skegness promenade. It was attended by the Mayor of Skegness, George Saxon, a former Sheffield man who ran a shop on Dixon Lane.