A ‘caring’ woman from Bury has celebrated a milestone birthday with her family.

Edith Harrold, who has lived in Bury her whole life, has celebrated her 100th birthday with her family and friends at her residence last Thursday (November 30).

Edith was born on December 7, 1923, and has been described as a true Bury lass by her family.

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She used to work in the cotton factories in her teens and also during World War II packed boxes.

After this she moved to working in The Art cinema on Haymarket Street which is now The Art Picture House JD Wetherspoon pub.

Edith’s longest job was working for Bury Council as a home care assistant and would always go above and beyond to help the people who needed her care.

She brought up her two children, Joyce and Keith, practically alone during the war as her husband Robert was in the RAF during World War II.

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She has four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Her granddaughter Jacqui Waite said: “Edith has always loved dancing and was a yoga teacher for many years, probably why she is still so healthy and fit.”

Unfortunately, Robert ended up being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and she cared for him until he died aged 82.

A few years later she met Alan who became her best friend and companion for 10 years until he passed away two years ago.

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Edith loves to be part of the Bury community and attended St Johns Church at Walmersley where she took part in many activities including amateur dramatics and the choir.

She spent years on the campaign trail with her friend Trevor Holt, who has twice been the mayor of Bury.

Jacqui added: “Edith loves Bury and its people with a passion. She is feisty, elegant, caring and a true inspiration to all who meet her.

“A true Bury Lass.”

Edith will be continuing the birthday celebrations on Friday, December 8 with a family meal on the East Lancashire Railway steam train.