‘Sweetheart’ 99-year-old WWII survivor who has only left Sheffield once turns 100 this week

Joan worked in Boots during WWII, before going on to become a teacher, and has spent her whole life in Sheffield

A Sheffield woman will get a special treat from Her Majesty the Queen this week after battling four weeks of Covid.

Joan Tetchner, 99, will celebrate her 100th birthday this week – on Wednesday June 22. Joan is proud of her South Yorkshire roots, and she has only ever left the county once.

Her trip out of the country was her only abroad holiday in her life – when she visited Norway for a week, and enjoyed a canal boat. Despite not seeing much of the world, the Joan has had quite the fruitful life during her 99 years.

She has lived in the city of Sheffield all of her life, and at 92 she moved to Bridgedale House care home in Fulwood, where she has been since. The 99-year-old worked at Boots during WWII.

At that time she had to walk home in the pitch black after a bomb had taken out all of the lighting and transport in the city. She later became a teacher, and her niece Jill said the reason she thinks her aunt has lived so long is because of all the work she has done.

Joan has been battling Covid for over a month now – restricting her from seeing much of her family and friends ahead of her special. Now, feeling better, the Sheffield resident has high hopes of receiving a telegram from the Queen this June in honour of her 100 years.

She has already had hundreds showing support for her across social media. Debbie Gannon said: “Omg this lady was my teacher at infants school, such a lovely person. Happy Birthday wow.”

Joan’s granddaughter Katie Bryant said: “It’s so wonderful to hear lovely memories of her. She is still very passionate about her teaching.”

Her niece, Jill Luxton, said: “I’m proud of the people there because they have kept her safe throughout Covid. My aunt can be shy and quiet at times but most of the time she is so smiley and happy.

“We’ve got a cake, balloons and all of the usual things ready for Wednesday. We’ve also ordered the telegram from the Queen.”


  • 05:00, 22 JUN 2022
  • UPDATED06:28, 22 JUN 2022


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