Valley grandmother marks 103rd birthday

Birthday lady Edith Lawson
Birthday lady Edith Lawson
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Celebrating her 103rd birthday is Mrs Edith Lawson, who puts her longevity down to staying active.

The much-loved woman marked the special birthday at The Manor House Nursing Home in Chatburn.

Edith was born in 1915 at Sykes Cottage, near Dunsop Bridge. Then, aged three, with parents Charles and Margaret Winder, the family moved to Meanley Farm at Newton, where Edith lived for more than 80 years.

She grew up with sisters Annie and Nellie and attended Newton Primary School, before going into service at a house near Waddington.

Edith met her husband Fred at Waddington Chapel, and in 1937 they married at Newton Church, and went on to have one son, David.

While living at Meanley, Fred and Edith started a successful business in poultry.

Edith has always been active and enjoyed gardening, handicrafts and baking. She was a stalwart of Slaidburn WI and honoured with her 50 year membership in 1979. Edith has always been family orientated and is a grandmother of two and a great grandma to six. She was born during the First World War and married Fred two years before the start of the Second World War. Edith said: “There has been many changes in my long life, but staying active is the most important thing to staying well.”