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Edie celebrates 103rd birthday

A 103 year old great grandmother has celebrated her birthday with family and friends and a super-sized cake!

Edie Howell has lived in Enfield, North London since 1937 and celebrated her birthday with a party at the Kempe Hall Monday Club that was organised by volunteers.

Kate Anolue, the Mayor of Enfield visited Edie at her party to wish her happy birthday.

The Monday Club, which Edie is a member of, is run by volunteers Doris and Bill Arnold and John Hennell. They provided all of the refreshments and the cake.

Edie was born in 1909 and married her husband Bob in 1933. They had two children together. For 25 years she worked for electrical manufacturer Sangamo Weston in Enfield.

She has four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and is set to become a great-great-grandmother in October.

Her daughter Pam Peck said: “My mother had a really enjoyable time with all her friends and family. She was especially pleased that the mayor could attend.

“She couldn’t stop smiling for the duration of the event and quite enjoyed being a celebrity for her special day.

“Everyone enjoyed the tasty birthday cake made by Doris Arnold.”

Age UK Enfield representative Allan Bassett said: “Although Edie has significant sight and hearing difficulties, she was definitely fully aware and enjoying the fun.

“Edie is a huge snooker fan and sadly this was the first year that she wasn’t able to watch the snooker [World Championships] on TV because of her deteriorating eye-sight. She listened to it all instead.

“To put things into perspective, in the year Edie was born King Edward VII was on the throne, 18 people were killed by horse traffic accidents and the FA Cup final was won by Manchester United for the first time, beating Bristol City 1-0.”

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