It’s a century plus four for Edith

Edith Page cuts her 104th birthday cake at Cymar House care home, Castleford.
Edith Page cuts her 104th birthday cake at Cymar House care home, Castleford.

FEW people are fortunate enough to reach the grand old age of 100 – but that’s old hat for Edith Page, who celebrated her 104th birthday recently.

Edith, who lives at Cymar House care home, on Pontefract Road, Castleford, reached her latest milestone on June 25, when she was visited by the Mayor of Wakefield, Coun Elaine Blezzard, and members of her family.

Remarkably, Edith lived in her own home, on her own, until she was 100, before moving into Cymar House in March 2009.

She has lived in Castleford all her life, having been born on Methley Road where she had four brothers and two sisters.

She married her late husband Charles at Hightown Church in 1932, after which the couple moved into a house on Cinder Lane.

They raised their son, Charles junior, there and Edith continued to live in the house until 2009.

Her husband died in 1998, at the age of 88.

During the Second World War, Edith started work at Nash & Co’s prefabricated concrete works, on Wheldon Road, Castleford, then later at Wilkinsons Joinery, in Pontefract.

Her husband Charles served in the army during the war, then when he was demobbed the couple bought their first car and enjoyed many happy days travelling round Yorkshire and beyond.

Edith said her marriage to Charles and giving birth to their son are the highlights of her long life – which she attributes to a fondness for eating pineapple.

Cymar House staff laid on a birthday tea and live entertainment to mark her big day.