Happy birthday Edna - 100 years not out
Published by Neil Shaefer for Railway Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
Edna Smith with her telegram from the Queen
At the age of nine, following an accident, Edna Smith’s life lay in the balance – but 91 years later she is still going strong.
Edna recently celebrated her 100th birthday with a party held at Railway Housing Association’s Hackworth Court sheltered housing scheme.
Surrounded by her friends and family, Edna, who has four children, ten grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and eight great, great-grandchildren, was presented with flowers from the Association – to go with the dozens of other flowers she received.
It may have been so much different had Edna not fought back from a life-threatening accident when she was child. On her way to school one day she slipped and broke her leg.
The leg then became infected and she had to undergo 12 painful operations. Her doctors wanted to amputate her leg, warning the infection may spread and kill her, but her mum overruled them and Edna went on to make a full recovery.
Edna says: “I have a big bit of steel in my leg but it never caused me any problems and I need a little help moving around now, but I put that down to my age.
“People have asked me what the secret to a long life is and I don’t really have the answer, other than I have always eaten well and that a little drop of brandy every now and then hasn’t done me any harm.
“I have been very spoiled by my families and friends and the party at Hackworth Court was very nice – they even made me a throne for the occasion.
“My telegram from the Queen has taken pride of place in my room and hopefully I still have many happy birthdays to come.”
Clare Richardson, Tenancy Services Officer for Railway Housing Association, said: “Edna had no idea that her family had organised a surprise party for her and it was lovely to share such a special day with her.”