Drop of sherry key to Sarah’s long life

Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker talks to the media during the press conference at the Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 8, 2011. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158447447 for further information.
Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker talks to the media during the press conference at the Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 8, 2011. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158447447 for further information.
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THe great-grandmother of England footballer Kyle Walker showed she is still on the ball as she celebrated her 100th birthday.

Darnall-born Sarah Ailmore celebrated her centenary on Boxing Day with a family party at Hazelhurst residential home in Jordanthorpe and a card from the Queen.

Sarah spent her working life in the steel industry.

She was a Woman of Steel during the war, although she did not publicly participate in the Star’s Women of Steel campaign because, Ann said, she is not a woman who enjoys the limelight.

Daughter-in law Ann Ailmore, 74, from Meadowhead said: “She was a slinger during the war at Brown Baileys, testing huge sling guns, and then worked as a micrometer tester at Moore & Wright, checking the instruments that tested the steel.

“She still has a fabulous sense of humour.”

Sarah married Fred and had one son, Gerard. Fred died in the early 1970s. Sarah remarried in her 70s.

Ann said: “Fred was known as ‘Big Fred’ and worked as a commissionaire at the Telegraph and Star, he was 6ft 3in and very smart. “

Sarah has two grandchildren Tracy, 49 and 44-year-old Claire and one great-grandchild, England and Tottenham Hotspur star Kyle Walker. The former Sheffield United player, 21, became the proud dad to baby Roman six weeks ago, making Sarah a great-great-grandmother.

Ann said: “Sarah is so excited about seeing Kyle again. She’s really proud of all her family and is really happy at Hazelhurst but they are closing it down – we are all trying to petition to keep it open because it’s a wonderful place.

Sarah lived on her own until she moved into Hazelhurst in October.

Her tips for long life are simple.

Ann said: “She’s always worked hard – right up until her mid 70s – and always had a tipple every day, a drop of sherry in the morning and a glass of whisky every night.”