‘Wonderful’ Sheffield woman who arrived in city after the war celebrates 106th birthday

Originally from Canada, Hetty Hempshall is celebrating her 106th birthday in her adopted home of Sheffield after arriving in 1945.

Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 3:00 pm
Hetty Hempshall celebrating her 106th birthday.

Hetty has celebrated her momentous birthday at Sheffcare’s Midhurst Residential Care Home with her seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Born in St John’s in the Canadian province of Newfoundland, Hetty met future husband and Sheffielder John when he visited with the Royal Navy during the war.

When the conflict ended in 1945, she returned with him to his home in South Yorkshire, and he has stayed ever since.

John was killed in a work accident at the age of 42 and Hetty never married again, bringing up her son and three daughters alone and working for several years at the Bassett’s sweet factory and then as a cook at Graham Shaw’s cafe in Sheffield’s Castle Market.

“The one thing you can say about Hetty is that she really is 106 years young,” said Midhurst Deputy Manager Joe Hughes.

“She may have come from far away but she tells us that her favourite place to holiday was much closer - Bridlington!

“We wish Hetty a very happy birthday and hope she enjoys her day spending time with her family. Hetty you are wonderful.”