Sheffield woman celebrates 100th birthday

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Sheffield cricketer Gerald Tufft was used to scoring centuries but relatives say he would have been bowled over at his wife Irene celebrating her very own century - her birthday.

Family and friends gathered at Kingfield Holt residential home in Nether Edge, Sheffield, to congratulate centenarian Irene on reaching the special milestone.

Irene, formerly of Parkhead, was married to well known 1930s local cricketer Gerald ‘Gerry’ Tufft, with whom she helped to run the family drapers business, E Tufft & Son Ltd, based on Middlewood Road, Hillsborough.

Her son Ian said: “Dad made a few centuries in his time but this 100 would have been his proudest moment.”

Irene, who also has another son, Roger, four grandsons and two great grandchildren, was also visited on her special day by Sheffield United legend Tony Currie, who presented her with a bouquet of flowers and a card.

Although she was born at Wisewood, in the shadows of Hillsborough, she married into a red and white family and owns an original share in Sheffield United that has been passed down through three generations.

Currie, who scored 54 goals for United between 1968 and 1976, spoke to the 100-year-old about her love of the club.

Irene moved into Kingfield Holt last year.

“I was sad to leave my home but it was the right decision. I am happy and content here and I cannot speak too highly of the staff - they are so kind and patient,” she said.

Her friend and former gardener Jon Barker said: “Irene is the youngest old person I’ve ever met.”