Remarkable milestone for Sheffield family
A remarkable Sheffield family came together on Friday night to celebrate another historic milestone.
The Joneses have 10 pensioners in the one family, which is almost certainly a Yorkshire record, if not a British one.
They congregated for an early celebration of Shirley's 60th birthday. Her big day is on January 17, but Shirley will be in the Dominican Republic on that day.
The siblings, who have a combined age of more than 600, love a party, and get together whenever possible.
They are, from youngest to oldest, Shirley Platts, Maggie Starkes, Jenna Hewitt, Jenny Batty, Peter Jones, Eve Webster, Linda Fletcher, Bob Jones, Eileen Underwood and Mavis Norie.
Eileen lives in Plymouth, making get-togethers featuring all 10 rare events. The rest are in Sheffield and surrounds.
Mavis will turn 80 in April, and no doubt there will be another party to celebrate.
There are always plenty of people around to celebrate. Maggie has 106 extended family. That's just her nieces and nephews, and that number is growing all the time.
"There's four more due this year," she said.
"There's always somebody who's pregnant."
There are some good genes in the Jones family, who have had, according to Maggie, a fantastic run of health.
"We're never ill," Maggie, who lives in Handsworth Road, said.
If mother Eileen was still alive, it would be another big milestone. She would have been 100.
She passed away 11 years ago. Father Tom has been gone for much longer.
"He's been dead about 40 years," Maggie said.
Although they were "quite poor" during their formative years, the family is rich in other aspects of their lives.
"We had no money, but we're millionaires when it comes to loving," Maggie said.
Friday's bash was at the Anglers Rest on Richmond Park Road, which is run by a relative of the siblings.
Maggie is adamant the Joneses are in a class of their own in terms of numbers with pensioner status.
"There wouldn't be too many families in Sheffield with 10 pensioners," she said.