Artist celebrates centenary

Albert Marshall who celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday

Albert Marshall who celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday - Credit: Archant

A man celebrating his centenary has put his long life down to always having an interest in life.

Albert Marshall celebrated his birthday on Monday at the Sloe Hill Residential home in St Ippolyts, where staff and family held a special celebration for him.

He spent much of his life in Sheffield, working as a linotype operator on the Sheffield Star and Morning Telegraph newspapers and enjoyed drawing and writing poetry.

Mr Marshall started drawing as a teenager and in 1931 he won a newspaper competition with a pen and ink drawing of a cathedral. Throughout his life, he drew scenes and portraits as commissions or sold them in shops.

Until his Stoke, which he suffered at the aged of 87, Mr Marshall was very active. He continued to work part-time until he was 70.

His son Roger Marshall said: “He has enjoyed his life and feels he has achieved all he wanted to, including having his drawings and poetry published. He still enjoys drawing each week, and has more than a dozen of his pictures hung in his room; there are also several others in the lounges at Sloe Hill.

Mr Marshall moved to Sloe Hill in 2001 with his wife Elsie. They had been married for 69 years when she died in 2011.

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He is the youngest of 10 children, outliving all of his siblings and has one son and two grandchildren.

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