One of Sheffield's oldest residents celebrates 106th birthday

One of Sheffield's oldest residents has celebrated her 106th birthday - and she is as independent as ever.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 19th May 2018, 2:32 pm
Updated Saturday, 19th May 2018, 2:41 pm
Madeline Dye has celebrated her 106th birthday
Madeline Dye has celebrated her 106th birthday

Madeline Dye still walks without a stick and lived independently on Gleadless Road, in Heeley until she was 103 when she moved to Norton Lees Hall care home.

Her niece Diana Heaton said: "She walks freely without a stick and is very independent.

Madeline Dye when she was younger

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"When she was 103 she asked if I could change some curtains for her in a bedroom.

"I said I would do it the next day and when I arrived she said 'do you like the curtains - look what I've done?'

"She changed them and carried some steps from the cellar up the stairs to her front bedroom."

Diana, of Gleadless, said her aunt loves the care home where she has lived for the last few years.

"She is very comfortable in the home and well looked after and cared for," she added.

"She is very appreciative of all staff and the meals which she enjoys."

Madeline was born in Heeley, and lived most of her life there

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.

Diana added: "She was a bookbinder but could turn her hand to her hand to all the other jobs in the firm.

"During the war her boss asked for her to be exempt from war work because he had lost his son and all the other workers to the war.

"Her father owned a milk delivery business and served the biggest part of Heeley with his horse and cart.

"The horse's name was Mick and he knew exactly where to stop and wait while customers were being served and treats were brought out to him.

"Then without being told he would continue to the next stop and wait again."

Madeline marked her birthday, on April 28, with a trip to Baslow with family and a celebration at the care home.