Five generations help Edith celebrate 100th birthday

Edith was all smiles on her birthday.
Edith was all smiles on her birthday.
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Five generations of a single family came together on Saturday as great-great-grandmother Edith Marshall celebrated her 100th birthday.

Edith, who lives in the Grove Residential Home in Gildersome, has lived in Morley almost all of her life.

Edith's family helped her celebrate her 100th birthday in Gildersome.

Edith's family helped her celebrate her 100th birthday in Gildersome.

Her surprise party included visits from relatives who travelled specially from New York and South Africa to take part in the celebrations.

A party on Saturday was held for close family and saw around 35 guests present, before a celebration on Sunday was opened up to her friends and acquaintances at The Grove.

Born on November 8 1914 when King George V was on the throne, Edith was also delighted to receive a letter from the Queen, a traditional gesture given to all centenarians.

Her son, Ian Firth said: “It was a great weekend and everyone there had a really lovely time.

“My mother received all sorts of cards, including one from the Queen and another from the Department of Work and Pensions - which was quite surprising really.”

In total, Edith can boast three children, nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and an extraordinary eight great-great-grandchildren.

She said: “I had a fantastic party and a great weekend. My family really did a great job in organising it. I didn’t know that my relatives from South Africa were coming - everyone kept that really quiet and then they appeared!

“I had a wonderful time and I think I must have over 100 cards as well as flowers and presents.”