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A quiet 103rd birthday celebration for Nellie

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Nellie Alker

It was probably a much quieter celebration than family and friends would have wanted for Nellie Alker as she celebrated her 103rd birthday.

But staff at Sheffield charity Sheffcare’s Grange Crescent Residential Care Home in Nether Edge made sure that there were still plenty of special birthday wishes for Nellie as she marked her anniversary day in lockdown.


Nellie was born in Darnall in 1917 and grew up with mum and dad Lillian and Sydney, brother Sydney and sister Janet. After leaving school, she went to work in a pharmacy, a career she continued through most of her working life.


She was in her 20s when she met Edward Martin, the man who would become her husband and father to her son Alan.


Nellie still recalls how she and Edward honeymooned in Blackpool and then returned to the resort every year, where they enjoyed dancing in the famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom. 


“Nellie is a lovely lady who takes a lot of care in her appearance, which is very important to her and also to her family,” said Grange Crescent manager Asha Oliver. “Although she only came to live with us in January this year, she has settled in very quickly and is a popular resident.”

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