FRIENDS and family of Edith Cummings gathered at a Sheffield hotel to wish her a very happy 100th birthday.
Edith - who still lives independently in the Ecclesall area - held the party at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park.
Born on May 2, 1912, in the small village of Broomhill, near Wombwell, she was the middle child of seven born to Tom and Mary Mallaband.
Edith left school aged 14 and followed her elder sister Annie into service.
She spent much of her working life in service to Lord and Lady Perks, who had homes in Berkeley Square in London and in Chislehurst in Kent.
Edith remained in service until the late 1930s when, on a coach travelling back to Wombwell for a holiday, she met Alf Cummings who was visiting his family in Sheffield.
Alf had spent 15 years in Australia and was on his first visit home for many years.
He planned to return to Australia but meeting Edith and the outbreak of war meant he never went back.
Edith and Alf were married in Wombwell Parish Church in September 1940 and moved to Sheffield where Alf was working.
They had two children, Barry who was born in 1942 and Hazel in 1944.
Alf died in 1976 and Edith has stayed in the same house she and Alf moved to in 1940.
Hazel has four grand children and three great grandchildren - all of them boys.
Her daughter Hazel said: “She is fiercely independent and insists on doing her own meals and housework.
“Her only concession to her age is that she now sleeps downstairs following a fall two years ago, and she has carers popping in twice a day to check that she is OK.”