Catherine marks up another major milestone

Catherine Leicester celebrating her 105th Birthday. Pic: Steve Ellis.
Catherine Leicester celebrating her 105th Birthday. Pic: Steve Ellis.
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A splash of brandy in your tea and coffee – that’s the secret to a long and healthy life according to Catherine Leicester who has turned an incredible 105.

The lifelong city girl – and avid Star reader – celebrated the magnificent milestone with a party surrounded by her family.

The great great grandmother is still fiercely independent and, despite being slightly deaf, still lives in her own home in Ecclesfield.

She enjoyed a big birthday celebration with her daughter Marion, three grandchildren, six great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.

Her granddaughter Ann Nulty, who threw the gathering at her home on Nursery Grove, said: “She just keeps going.

“She is hardly on any medication and has no illnesses. She’s never had any real health problems.

“She worked well into her 70s. When she retired she became a cleaner.

“She loves sports including darts and snooker and puts her good living down to brandy in her tea and coffee. She also has a Horlicks every night.

“She still knows what’s going on and reads The Star. She never wears glasses and so reads it with a magnifying glass.”

Catherine was born on Rushby Street, Page Hall, in 1909, and met her late husband George when they both worked together at the same Sheffield bakery.

She had various jobs and worked at Bassett’s sweet factory in Hillsborough until the 1970s.

Ann said the family regularly get together for special celebrations and toasting Catherine’s milestone was no different.

“It was a lovely day. The weather was really nice,” she said.

“She got lots of presents, including flowers and pots for her garden.

“She still loves her garden.”

Catherine was excited to receive her second birthday telegram from the Queen and it has now taken pride of place in her living room.