‘Fresh air’ secret of long life for centenarian Edith

Celebration: Edith Preston, seated left, with family and friends at her birthday party.      Picture: Steve Parkin.
Celebration: Edith Preston, seated left, with family and friends at her birthday party. Picture: Steve Parkin.

THE fresh air of hilly Crookes holds the secret to a long life for 100-year-old Edith Preston.

Edith marked her centenary with a special party, including guest dancers as she loved to dance in days gone by.

The event took place at Tapton Court care home in Sheffield, where Edith is now a resident.

The birthday girl was born in Crookes on January 5, 1912, and lived there for many years.

Son Neil, who marked his 78th birthday on the same day, said: “We are all very proud of mum.

“She’s just carried on, she’s never been in hospital, we say she is a hard nut to crack!

“It must be the air up here in Crookes that is the secret to her reaching 100.”

Edith, now a widow, attended Western Road School as a youngster.

Afterwards, she worked as a shop assistant, as well as at the Bachelors factory in Wadsley Bridge, which produced pies, before she became a cook.

The house where she was born on Loxley View Road also saw her children’s births – and a grandchild’s birth as it was lived in by Neil for a time.

She loved to dance with late husband Thomas and they enjoyed working on an allotment together.

Edith is doted on by her two children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Neil, now of Duncan Road, Crookes, said: “She used to like to dance, to get up and have a jive.

“She can remember the first Zeppelin airships coming across in World War One and used to tell us about it.

“She even remembers all the tram tracks coming up Crookes.”