Connie at 100 still a class act

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FORMER Sheffield headmistress Connie Clarke enjoyed a different kind of assembly when family, friends and former pupils gathered to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Connie, who has lived at the Lodge Care Home in Killamarsh for the last three years, was a teacher all her life and was in charge at Firth Park’s Hucklow Road Infants until she retired aged 65.

Born and bred in the city, she was a sergeant and radio operator in the ATS in the Second World War.

And in 1956 she became one of the first group of teachers to travel to the USA on a school exchange programme, living in San Francisco for a year.

Connie made the long journey in style, sailing to New York City on the Queen Mary.

She lived with her brother on Fitzwalter Road, Norfolk Park, for many years.

As she never married was known as Aunt Connie by her many nephews and nieces.

More than 40 people attended the birthday celebrations during which Connie enjoyed bucks fizz and not one but two sumptuous cakes.

Home manager Janey McVeigh said Connie was a remarkable lady.

“You can very much tell she used to be a headmistress, she is still so mobile and articulate. We say that’s down to never having being married!” she said.

“She’s always very pleasant with a smile for everyone.”