THE sun came out for Edith McHardy – just in time to help her celebrate her 100th birthday.
It enabled her neighbours to organise a socially-distanced party in the gardens at her home at The Limes in Booths Hill Close, Lymm.
If the forecast rain had materialised it would not have been possible to hold the event indoors in the residents’ lounge because of the Covid-19 regulations.
There was wine and a special birthday cake – and a chance to see her card from the Queen.
Former teacher Edith moved to Lymm from north Warrington six years ago to be near her family. But she was born at Up Holland, near Wigan – which she still visits occasionally because she thinks it is a pretty little village.
She taught for 35 years, starting her career in Stockport before moving back to teach at a school in Up Holland, where she clearly made an impression because she married the head teacher.
Her earliest memories are of being bounced on her father’s knee – “he thought I was cuddly” she said.
She has clear memories of World War Two but thinks living through the pandemic is far worse.
Edith has a marvelous memory and a keen mind – she nearly always wins quiz competitions.
What is her recipe for a long life?
“I enjoy a little drop of brandy going to bed, “ she said.