Sheffield great grandmother who dressed London shop windows celebrates 100th birthday

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A Sheffield great grandmother who began her working life dressing shop windows on London’s Regent Street has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Edna May Brookes was born on February 9, 1915 ,on Gordon House Road in the London borough of Camden.

Now the centenarian is a mother of one, grandmother of three and great grandmother five times over.

Edna celebrated her big day with a family party at Mosborough Hall Hotel.

Her granddaughter Cheryl Moss said: “It was really good. She’s got a few relatives from the Isle of Wight and they all came up. She’d not seen them for a couple of years so that was great.”

Edna, who is partially sighted, also celebrated her birthday with a special event held at the Royal Society for the Blind, on Mappin Street. Lord Mayor Coun Peter Rippon attended the event and wished her happy birthday.

The centenarian began work in 1936 as a window dresser aged 16, and dressed shop windows on London’s Regent Street, as well as in Birmingham and Sheffield, where she now calls home.

She married George Brookes in 1940 and later the couple had their daughter Laraine. Edna had first met George, whose parents owned a bakery in Fir Vale, at Caister holiday camp in Norfolk.

Granddaughter Cheryl said Edna was delighted to receive a birthday message from the Queen. She said: “She was absolutely thrilled. She received a card and a telegram.”