The Diary: Emily celebrates her century with stage show for family

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IT’S a birthday that few people get to celebrate and those that do generally toast it quietly with a visit from family and a card from the Queen.

Not so Emily Harris.

When the Greasbrough great grandmother turned 100 last week, she marked the occasion by getting on stage in front of more than 100 party guests and treating them to a four page speech which had onlookers both rolling in the aisles and drying the tears. She recalled her 10 decades, cracked a couple of jokes, and thanked family for organising the bash.

“And at the end,” says son David, himself a not immodest 74, “she says ‘I’m 101 next year so we’ll do it all again’.”

The centurion, who still lives independently, stayed up with her guests until midnight at the plush Fitzwilliam Arms Hotel in Parkgate. “The only thing she didn’t do was dance,” notes David.

Her grandson, Wayne Steel, a stage singer and comic provided entertainment - “although,” says David again, “he was upstaged.”

“It was a great night,” says the birthday lass herself who was born in 1913 just days before Harry Brearley invented stainless steel. “I enjoyed it thoroughly.”

The one time dressmaker was joined at the party by her two sons, David and Martyn, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren as well as dozens of extended family.