Plucky Edith Wright of Scartho explains secret of living to 100
THIS plucky 100-year-old is remaining tight-lipped about the key to her longevity.
When family members ask Edith Wright what is her secret to a long and happy life, she replies that it is just that – a secret!
Edith, who lives in Brooklands Care Home, Scartho, was joined by about 30 relatives and friends for a meal at The Coach House, in Humberston, to celebrate her becoming a centenarian.
She said: "I've had a lovely party.
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"I don't really know what the secret to living to 100 is, just good living I suppose."
Edith was born in Grimsby and grew up in Chapman Street, in the West Marsh, attending South Parade School.
She worked as a shop assistant and nanny throughout her life, apart from a spell living in Southampton during the Second World War when her husband Alan was in the Navy.
She and Alan lived in various properties across Grimsby and she has been very involved in both St Paul's and St Augustine's churches in the past.
Alan passed away seven years ago, aged 92, and Edith continued to live in their home until May when ill health forced her to move into the care home.
Her niece Pauline Parkinson, 69, from Scartho, said: "Edith has always looked on the bright side of life and I think that's what's kept her going for so long.
"She just has a wonderful attitude that rubs off on everybody she meets.
"She never had any children of her own but she loved being a nanny.
"She's always been a very caring lady and has helped look after many people when they have been unwell or under-the-weather.
"I think working hard and helping others must be the secret to her longevity. Although she always tells me it's a secret when I ask her!"
In the past Edith's hobbies have included knitting, sewing, gardening, reading and crosswords.
She celebrated her 100th birthday last Wednesday but the party to mark the occasion took place on Saturday.
As well as being treated to a cake and balloons, Edith received lots of gifts, including flowers and money.
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