Mayor visits Hurst Hall Care centre to celebrate Edith's 100th birthday



Edith Whitworth, known as Edie to her loved ones, was the centre of attention at Ashton’s Hurst Hall Care Centre with a visit from Tameside mayor, Coun Dawson Lane and a birthday card from the Queen, as she celebrated her 100th birthday.
It was a far cry from her wartime wedding to late husband Joseph of which she only has cherished memories.
Edith’s son Rod said: “There were no photos of the wedding because you couldn’t get film due to the fact there was a war on. My uncle had a camera so he just pretended to take pictures instead.”
Edith was born in Droylsden and went to Fairfield Road School before leaving at the age of 14 to start work with a dressmaker.
She later moved to Wood’s – a grocer’s in Ashton – where she caught the eye of Joseph who worked in a pharmaceutical warehouse nearby. The couple married in 1941 and had two children – Rod, who is now 71, and Megan, 68.
Edith, who also has five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, marked her birthday with two parties so all her friends could celebrate the occasion.