Pensioner looks back on century of triumphs and tragedies

Surrounded by her family and friends Edna Norris celebrated her 100th birthday last Saturday with a party at Barnacre Memorial Hall.

Wednesday, 4th February 2015, 8:00 am
Edna celebrating her 100th birthday with her son Stuart and daughter Christine.

As always, Edna had a smile and welcome for all her family and friends who came to celebrate with her but admitted that her life had not always been a bed of roses.

Surrounded by her son and daughter, Stuart and Christine, grandchildren Ian, Marie and Suzie, and great grandchildren Isabelle and Alexander, Edna of Garstang relayed stories of her younger life.

Just after her birth Edna’s father was taken as a Prisoner of War while serving abroad. She recalled to her youth in the depression of the late 1920s and 1030s, the rationing during the second world war and the fact that her brother was killed on active service in that war.

She also recalled the jubilation experienced in the street parties at the end of the war, and the wonderful things she and her late husband Leonard were able to achieve in peace time.

When they moved to Garstang in 1975 they attached themselves to All Saint’s Barnacre for the vicar there at the time The Rev Maurice Sutcliffe had been their former vicar in Bolton.

Edna has been a lifelong supporter of Bolton Wanderers FC, her uncle having played for them in the first Cup Final at Wembley in 1923 and in the 1926 and 29 finals.

Edna is still a member of the Mothers Union, devoted to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and an avid Garstang Courier reader.