Birthday girl Edna celebrates turning 100 with family and friends

Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A 100-year-old woman has been celebrating her birthday with friends and relatives.

Edna Barnett and her son Roger, centre, enjoy her 100th birthday at Sycamores Nursing Home in Wolverhampton

Edna Barnett enjoyed her day at Sycamores Nursing Home in Wolverhampton, celebrating with sandwiches, music and plenty of cake.

She worked for Tarslag and performed regular fire watches during the Second World War, as well as housing many of Stan Cullis’ much-heralded Wolves sides in the early 50s.

Edna’s only child, Roger Barnett, aged 70, said: “We didn’t quite have the budget to bring in Tom Jones, but we’ve done our best for her.”

Besides the singer from South Wales, Edna’s main interests are her two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, Jack Russell dogs, and her beloved Wolves.

Roger said: “She looked after some of the Wolves players for a few years until one night she let them have a key to the house, and they stayed out late.

"Cullis had a 10pm curfew on the players so she had the players taken off her hands.”

Edna, who has been a widow since losing her husband John, known as Jack, in 1995, went on to work at a hardware store on Penn Road and managed Minettes dress shop in Codsall.

Asked about his mother’s secret to a long and happy life, Roger said: “She’s always been very active.


"Until she was 95 she was down the town every morning seeing friends and shopping

“She never really drank alcohol either, although she has smoked 20 cigarettes a day for most of her life.”

Bar a short stay on the Isle of Wight, she has lived all of her life in the West Midlands.


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