Former landlady reaches milestone

Edith Woolfitt celebrating her 100th birthday.
Edith Woolfitt celebrating her 100th birthday.
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A FORMER Blackpool landlady has celebrated her 100th birthday with a visit from the town’s Mayor.

First citizen Coun Sylvia Taylor joined Edith Woolfitt as she marked her special day with family and friends at the Napier Lodge Rest Home in South Shore.

Mrs Woolfitt was born in Doncaster where she worked in the office for W.H. Smith but she moved to Blackpool in 1968 with her husband Thomas and their three children Jean, Michael and Richard, to run a B&B in Carlisle Avenue. Her hobbies included playing the piano and ballroom dancing.

Following the death of her husband she moved to Roseacre in South Shore and with her friend Cyril continued to enjoy dancing, whist and attending functions with her bowling club, and Harrowside Community Centre.

Mrs Woolfitt, who is the first resident of Napier Lodge to reach her 100th birthday, received a card from the Queen on her birthday and was also joined by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at the celebrations.

Her son Michael said: “She had many cards from family, friends and staff at the care home. There were some lovely bouquets and gifts.

“We prepared a photograph album as a record of her life which she thoroughly enjoyed looking at and was able to tell us who most of the people were and even in most cases where the pictures were taken.

“Mum was absolutely delighted with the visit by the Mayor and was overawed by the mayoral chain, saying she had never seen anything so beautiful.

“A buffet tea was served and we are sure she will have many days reminiscing about her special birthday.”