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Sheffield centenarian has lived in city all her life

Nellie Kenny, of Stradbroke, celebrates her 100th birthday with sons, clockwise, from front left, Patrick, aged 60, Sean, aged 63, Tony, aged 71, and Peter, aged 67.

Nellie Kenny, of Stradbroke, celebrates her 100th birthday with sons, clockwise, from front left, Patrick, aged 60, Sean, aged 63, Tony, aged 71, and Peter, aged 67.

Centenarian Nellie Kelly knows the secret of a long life – a bacon sarnie... preferably cooked in lard.

And that’s exactly how she started the morning of her 100th birthday – though she’s cut back on the lard just a little.

Nellie – whose day is not complete without reading The Star, which she gets delivered to her door – was born in Sheffield in 1914 and has remained in the city all her life, living at just two addresses over the past century.

Her first home was on Douglas Road in Parkwood Springs, where she lived with her parents until 1951. She then moved to what was then a new-build on Smelterwood Drive in Stradbroke, where she still lives today.

Nellie married Thomas Kenny at St Catherine’s Church in Pitsmoor.

The couple had four children, Tony, Peter, Sean and Patrick, before Thomas passed away in 1980.

In between raising her four sons, Nellie worked at Woolworths on The Moor, Sheffield, and was also a cleaner at a school.

Tony says his mum still enjoys telling stories from her younger years, particularly about Sheffield during the Second World War.

“On the night of the Sheffield Blitz my mum was in the cinema,” said Tony. “After the film there was a message to say there was an air raid.

“She ran to a shelter under the Grand Hotel. The following morning when she came out of the shelter she recalls seeing burnt trams and buildings, and being escorted home by soldiers.”

Over the years Nellie has enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She also loves to read romantic novels.

Nellie has four grandchildren, David, Louise, Tom and Daniel, and two great-grandchildren, Kian and Isobel.

All of Nellie’s family came together on Sunday to celebrate her milestone birthday, including her son Sean and daughter-in-law Barbara, who travelled all the way from Australia.

The birthday girl enjoyed a visit from Lord Mayor Peter Rippon and his wife Susan before being taken to the The Sherwood pub in Frecheville for a meal with her family and neighbours.

Tony added: “I’m not sure how my mum has lived to such an age but it’s certainly not her diet!”

 

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