Work hard and eat well says Sheffield pensioner celebrating 103rd birthday

Olive Smith has celebrated her 103rd birthday with the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Vickie Priestley and family at Knowle Hill Residential Home, Streetfields, Halfway, Sheffield. Our picture shows Mrs Smith with the Lord Mayor, her daughter Margaret Woodward (front, right) and, back row, from left, Beryl Outram, great granddaughter Gemma Hawkins, granddaughter Joanne Hawkins, great granddaughter Eve Hawkins and Lord Mayor's Consort Lloyd Priestley.
Olive Smith has celebrated her 103rd birthday with the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Vickie Priestley and family at Knowle Hill Residential Home, Streetfields, Halfway, Sheffield. Our picture shows Mrs Smith with the Lord Mayor, her daughter Margaret Woodward (front, right) and, back row, from left, Beryl Outram, great granddaughter Gemma Hawkins, granddaughter Joanne Hawkins, great granddaughter Eve Hawkins and Lord Mayor's Consort Lloyd Priestley.
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‘Working hard and eating plenty’ - those are the secrets to a long and happy life according to a Sheffield pensioner celebrating her 103rd birthday.

Olive Smith spent the day surrounded by family and friends at Knowle Hill Residential Home in Halfway, ‘eating cake and reminiscing’.

“I’m feeling really good for 103,” said Olive, who was born in Hackenthorpe in 1910.

“People ask me what my secret is and I don’t know what to tell them, except that I’ve always worked hard and eaten well, so there you go - hard work and plenty of food.”

Olive grew up on Occupation Lane in Hackenthorpe, as one of five children. She met husband Arthur after they were set up on a date by her sister Ethel and they married in 1934.

Olive said: “I remember Ethel said she’d found me a boy and I wasn’t sure at all, but then Arthur came to meet me from work one day and I thought he looked really nice.

“It’s funny how things work out. We were together from then.”

Olive and Arthur had a daughter, Margaret, in 1936 and the family moved to Chapel Street in Mosborough, where they lived until Arthur died in 1991.

Olive is now a grandmother-of-two and a great-grandmother-of-five, and says her life has always been about family.

“I’ve always looked after everybody,” she said.

“Life has always kept me busy, it’s been all go, go, go and, no matter what I’ve done, family has been at the centre of everything. I loved baking birthday cakes for everyone and taking care of them all in any way I could.”

Grandaughter Joanne Hawkins, 49, said: “She has plenty of stories to tell and can definitely tell a good tale.

“She’s a grafter and has worked hard all her life, while taking care of everyone around her.

“My grandfather used to tease her that, when her time came, she should be sure to take the scrubbing brush and dusters with her so she could carry on as usual!”

Olive also enjoyed a birthday visit from Sheffield Lord Mayor Coun Vickie Priestley.