The Sheffield 104 year old with two birthdays like the Queen

May Lashmar celebrates her 104th birthday
May Lashmar celebrates her 104th birthday

It’s not just the Queen who has two birthdays - one of Sheffield’s oldest residents had a double reason for celebrating her big day.

Great grandma May Lashmar celebrated her 104th birthday on May 11 with fellow residents at Grange Crescent Residential Care Home in Nether Edge, run by Sheffcare.

But although May, a mum of two, cut her cake, opened her cards and enjoyed a visit from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, the truth is officially she should have waited until August to celebrate.

“May’s birth certificate actually gives her a date of birth as August 1,” said Grange Crescent manager Asha Oliver.

“When she was born her mum gave her dad the money to go and get her birth registered but he stopped at the local watering hole and decided to wet the baby’s head.

“May’s mum found out after the time in which it was legal to register a birth and realised if you did not do it in time you were fined.

“So to avoid the fine, the family registered the birth date as quickly as possible and gave May’s date of birth as August 1.

“We celebrated May’s birthday on May 11 because that was the date she entered the world - although she had to wait until August before receiving her birthday card from the Queen.”

May was born in Walthamstow, North London, and was one of ten children.

She met her husband Jack on holiday on the Isle of Wight and the couple had two sons.

The former office worker also worked for the prison service and moved to Sheffield to live with her son John and his family in 2012.

She was a keen bowler and golfer and played both until her 90s. She has four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.