Remarkable 105-year-old from Sheffield is the perfect advert for healthy living

The birthday girl with her family on her big day
The birthday girl with her family on her big day
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If you're after an advert for healthy living, look no further than Madeline Dye.

At 105, she is one of Sheffield's oldest women, yet she remains in remarkable shape and still walks without the aid of a stick.

Madeline Dye with Sheffield's lord mayor Denise Fox

Madeline Dye with Sheffield's lord mayor Denise Fox

She celebrated her birthday last Friday (April 28) at Norton Lees Hall care home, where she was joined by her family and Sheffield's lord mayor Denise Fox, who presented her with a commemorative Toby jug.

Madeline's niece Diana Heaton said she was the best aunt anyone could hope for and remained active and fiercely independent.

"She walks freely without any aid. Stick's a dirty word to her," she said.

"When she was 103 she decided she was going to change her curtains so she carried some steps from the cellar up the stairs to her front bedroom."

Madeline as a young woman

Madeline as a young woman

Unfortunately for the rest of us, it seems there is no secret elixir to Madeline's longevity.

Diana put her aunt's well-being down to her abstaining from alcohol and tobacco, and leading a healthy lifestyle, though she did joke that never marrying might have helped.

However, Madeline's nephew Nigel Parker said her diet had left something to be desired in the past.

"Everything she used to eat was cooked in butter or dripping. There was never any healthy eating but it hasn't done her any harm. She's amazing," he said.

Madeline was born in Heeley, where she had lived all her life before moving to Norton Lees a couple of years ago.

Her father Ernest died in the First World War when she was a girl, and she lived for most of her life with her mother Mary and sister Auralie, never marrying or having any children.

Madeline worked her entire career as a bookbinder for Swinburns in Broadfield Road, and she was a keen gardener and knitter.

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