CAKE and candles were the order of the day when a lifelong Sheffielder marked her 100th birthday with an afternoon of celebrations.
Jessie House enjoyed a party with family and friends at the Balmoral care home in Woodhouse, where she was treated to entertainment from a singer performing songs from the 1920s.
Jessie’s niece Vicky Roland, 62, said staff at the home ‘pulled out all the stops’ for her aunt, adding: “She said she’d had a good day, she really enjoyed her birthday.”
The centenarian was born in Woodseats as one of 13 children and also lived at Heeley and Manor.
She then lived independently in her own flat at Stradbroke until she was 99 and moved into the care home last September.
Jessie worked as a cleaner after leaving school and went into service for a large family in Woodseats.
She gave up work before World War Two to look after her son Brian, her only child with her late husband Ernest.
Brian passed away in his 60s.
Vicky, who lives in Mosborough, said: “Ernest was a lovely man. They were very devoted as a couple.
“She was devoted to her home and was a very good baker. Her scones were legendary.
“She was a very homely sort of person and very welcoming.”
Vicky said Jessie has managed to reach her impressive age by ‘keeping active’.
“She’s still got a brilliant sense of humour and is very well-liked by the staff at the home,” she added.
Jessie has three nieces and eight nephews.