A RETIRED newsagent has celebrated her 100th birthday – by collecting donations for charity. Edith Hurst from Cheadle, marked the milestone with a party for family and friends at Checkley Cricket Club at the weekend. After asking for donations instead of gifts, Edith collected £385 for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
Born during the last days of the First World War to Fred and Ethel Jones, Edith was one of 11 children who all grew up in Cheadle.
In 1944 she married Arthur Hurst and together they opened the well-known Hurst’s paper shop in Tape Street in 1949.
As well as cards and gifts for her 100th birthday, Edith received plenty of good wishes and fond memories from former paper boys and girls who delivered for the couple around the town.
Following their retirement in 1980, the couple moved to Tean Road, and enjoyed various hobbies and community activities.
After a long and happy marriage, Arthur passed away in 2010.
Since then Edith has continued to live independently with on-going support from family and friends.
She is always keen to share memories and keep in touch with what is happening in and around Cheadle and keeps up to date on the news thanks in part to Mavis Williams, a volunteer with the Moorlands Home Link befriending service, who has visited her once a week for seven years.
Service manager Diane Sellers presented Edie with a bouquet of flowers to mark her century.
Diane said: “Edie is a very independent lady who copes very well at home on her own with the support of her nieces and nephews.
“She is the last of a family of 11 children and, as a sociable person and ex member of Cheadle Townswomen’s Guild, she missed the social contact she once had when she was out and about.
“Having Mavis visit her each week has given her something to look forward to and helped her to keep her independence.”
And, at her party on Sunday, Edith welcomed another special visitor, when Cheadle Town Mayor, Ian Plant and Mayoress Kath Plant, stopped by to congratulate her.
Edith also received a special birthday card from HM Queen Elizabeth II.
We are the only family run, independent newspaper and magazine business in Staffordshire, established 1896. We are home to three weekly newspapers – The Cheadle and Tean Times (aka The Stunner), The Uttoxeter Echo and The Blythe and Forsbrook Times.
We also produce Peeps into the Past, a bi-monthly nostalgic glimpse into our photographic archives, and three bi-monthly glossy lifestyle magazines – Stone and Eccleshall Life, Leek Life and Newcastle Life.
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