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Darlington woman celebrates 102nd birthday
A DARLINGTON woman is celebrating after reaching her 102nd birthday yesterday (Tuesday March 12).
Edith Lawson, who lives in the town’s Rydal Care Home, puts her long life down to staying teetotal and never smoking.
Staff at the home celebrated the popular resident’s birthday by baking her a special cake and gathering in her room to sing happy birthday.
Care assistant Maria Durkin described Mrs Lawson as “delightful”. She said: “Edith always gives me a lovely chuckle when I say hello to her on a morning.”
Michael Moralee, personal activity leader, said: “Edith is a dear old lady, you can spend all day with her and not get bored.”
Proud of her North East roots, Mrs Lawson – who was born in Darlington in 1911 – never strayed far from her home town, believing everything she needed was close at hand.
She had three children with husband Francis James Lawson and is now a proud grandmother of eight.
Mrs Lawson last year defied her advanced age and impressed staff at her care home by winning the internet surfing game at the home’s summer fete.