EDITH Springer who may be one of Britain’s most senior citizens but she still has a spring to her step – as celebrations of her 105th milestone birthday proved.
For a woman who remembers the advent of the electric light bulb all those birthday candles cast quite a glow as friends and family gathered at The Willows Care Home, Midgeland Road, Marton.
Mrs Springer’s daughter Jean Neale, of St Annes, says her mother puts her long life down to “working, eating and sleeping... in equal quantitites.”
Born and bred in Liverpool, Mrs Springer has had a fascinating life, starting out as a window dresser before working as a shipping agent at the city’s docks, for which she learned to speak Greek.
The busy mother of three, who kept her children by her side through the war, rather than evacuate them, later taught piano and elocution, was a member of Liverpool Opera Company, proof read articles for the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, drove until her mid-80s, and wrote two children’s books in her 90s.
And if Mrs Springer, who has lived at The Willows for almost three years, was hoping for a quieter life when she moved to the Fylde seven years ago, she confounded that expectation by becoming one of our oldest internet poets too – an autobiographical poem was published to celebrate her 101st birthday four years ago!
Paul Swithenbank, proprietor of The Willows, says: “Edith requested an afternoon of musical fun. There was an healthy performance of golden oldies. Everyone joined in with their favourite songs and there was a real buzz to the whole affair. Edith continued to sing even after the show was over. She’s an inspiration to us all.”