Double century for Sheffield care home residents

Hilda Anderson and Lilian Frisby look at their cards as they celebrate their 102nd and 103rd birthdays at Brackenfield Care Home in Frecheville in Sheffield
Hilda Anderson and Lilian Frisby look at their cards as they celebrate their 102nd and 103rd birthdays at Brackenfield Care Home in Frecheville in Sheffield
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THESE beaming birthday girls have totted up more than two centuries of celebrations in Sheffield between them.

Lilian Frisby and Hilda Anderson - who reached the grand age of 103 and 102 respectively this week - marked their milestone days with a joint birthday party.

Entertainment, a special dinner and cake plus a horse and pony - as Lilian’s father used to work with horses that pulled the trams in Sheffield - were put on at Brackenfield Hall care home, Frecheville, where the pair live.

Claire Wilson, of Hackenthorpe, former bookkeeper Lilian’s great-niece, said it was a ‘fantastic’ day.

The 49-year-old said: “It’s unbelievable to think Lily is 103. She must be the oldest woman in Frecheville.

“She has been an inspiration to lots of people. Lily has never suffered any illness, ballroom danced until she was 85 and lived alone in Langsett Grove until she was 100.

“Her secret is she never drank, she doesn’t like alcohol.”

Lily and Hilda have lived in Sheffield all their lives and are the oldest residents at Brackenfield Hall. They have relatives through nieces and nephews, but no children.

Lily was born in Paradise Square on May 28, 1909, with Hilda born in Attercliffe a year and two days later.

Keen reader and snooker fan Hilda - who worked on the desk at Glossop Road and Attercliffe baths – was the first resident to move in at Brackenfield Hall in 2009.

Her nephew Tony Mathers, 76, of Killamarsh, said: “She’s always been a cheerful person who would do anything for anybody. She was very independent, I’m proud of her.

“My wife Maureen always used to the reason she has lived so long is because she hasn’t had to run around looking after a man.”

Mark Greaves, of care home operator Ideal Care Homes, said: “It is always a pleasure to celebrate key dates with people, but it is a particular pleasure as these two ladies are an amazing 102 and 103.”