Tips for a happy 100? moisturise!
CLEAN living and going to church are the secrets to long life, according to Edith Wright, who has celebrated her 100th birthday.
Edith May Wright was born on Chapman Street, on September 12, 1912. Things were a little different back then – a gallon of petrol cost 1.5p, as did a pint of Guinness.
However, despite two world wars and the threat of communism, Edith was still going strong as she celebrated her birthday at Brooklands care Home on Springfield Road, Scartho.
The 100-year-old got her birthday card from Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday morning, then enjoyed a bit of pampering with a manicure, before friends and family came to visit in the afternoon.
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Edith had a party in her room at Brooklands with some glasses of bubbly and a cake, made for her by one of the kitchen staff. And she got plenty of cards and presents, too.
"It's been such a lovely day. I have had family, friends and neighbours come to see me and so many cards with lovely verses inside – I shall be reading them again afterwards," said Mrs Wright.
Becky Barrett, activities co-ordinator at Brooklands, added: "She is a lovely lady and I talk to her every day about things. Despite her age, she still does her make-up and moisturises, which is why we thought she might like the manicure."
Edith added: "I feel really posh with a manicure, but more than anything, I have loved the company."
Edith said she has already lived "a very full life" with husband Alan, who passed away in March, 2005, aged 92.
The couple married at St Paul's Church on Corporation Road in 1936, but unfortunately, Edith was unable to have children.
Edith added: "I have always loved children. It was a shame that I wasn't able to have any of my own but it was ok – I had everyone else's most of the time.
"Alan was a very good husband and didn't mind that we didn't have children of his own. He was a very busy man at work. But he was a good sport, too, and everyone liked him."
With Alan reaching 92 years old and Edith celebrating her 100th birthday, we asked her what the secret to a happy life was.
"It's a secret and I can't tell you," she answered.
But in the end, she relented.
"Good clean living is probably the secret. Years of porridge and cod liver oil.
"Alan and I were always church people and tried to live a good life."
But Edith, who was born in the same year as Gene Kelly, liked to party, too.
"I have always loved dancing and carried on right into my 70s."