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Sheffield woman celebrates 100th birthday

Muriel Etches celebrates her 100th birthday at the Hallamshire Care Home, in Broomhall Road, Sheffield, with relatives Michael and Margaret Etches (back, left) and carer and friend Mary Collins.

Muriel Etches celebrates her 100th birthday at the Hallamshire Care Home, in Broomhall Road, Sheffield, with relatives Michael and Margaret Etches (back, left) and carer and friend Mary Collins.

 

She has lived through two World Wars and 20 Prime Ministers – so a special party was in order for a Sheffield centenarian.

Muriel Etches was treated to a celebration with balloons, buffet and a singer at Hallamshire Care Home, Broomhall, where she lives.

And the highlight of the celebration for Muriel was receiving a letter from The Queen.

Her nephew Michael, of Fulwood, who attended the party with his wife, Margaret, said: “She loved the card. I’ve never seen her smile as much.”

Muriel was born in Sheffield in 1914 to Charles and Hilda Etches, who had recently moved back to England from South Africa.

She had an older brother, Reg, and a youngster sister, Dorothy.

Her mother passed away when she was young and her father went onto to remarry and have another son, Clifford.

After leaving school, Muriel trained as a secretary.

She got a job at Samuel Osborn steelworks, where she remained for 40 years working her way up the ranks.

During the Second World War she became manager of the rolling mill.

Muriel, who never married or had children and lived just off Graville Road, continued her passion for travelling after she retired.

 

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