September 29th, 2016

Bromsgrove resident celebrates centenary

Bromsgrove resident celebrates centenary Bromsgrove resident celebrates centenary
Centenarian Edna King celebrated her 100th birthday with her children Ruth Lawrence, Graham King and Wendy Hughes, and her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2715005MMB
Updated: 5:01 pm, Jul 03, 2015

A WOMAN who once made a coat for Queen Mary has had another brush with royalty after receiving a card and telegram from HM Queen Elizabeth II for reaching her 100th birthday.

Edna King, who lives at Bromsgrove’s Heathbrook House Nursing Home, is best known among friends and relatives for helping create the regal garment when she worked for a Birmingham coat-maker after she left school.

Edna originally from Bournville, was just 15 when she met her sweetheart Ivor and the pair married shortly after.

The couple often spent their time camping and tandem bike riding around the country before bringing up a son and two daughters.

Sadly, Edna was widowed in 1971, but continues to live happily at her home in Heathbrook House.

Her three children, six grandchildren and great-grandchildren often visit her and last Thursday (June 25), the popular centenarian was surrounded by them to mark the marvellous milestone.

Gail Bessent, the home’s senior activity co-ordinator, said Edna had a wonderful and very memorable day.

“She had lots of visitors and a special visit from a relative she hasn’t seen for a while.

“The highlight for Edna though was her card from The Queen and the telegram.”

Rose-loving Edna also had one planted outside her window to commemorate her birthday.”