Sheffield’s Edith steels herself to celebrate big day

Edith Taylor 100th Birthday
Edith Taylor 100th Birthday
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CENTENARY celebrations took place at a Sheffield care home to honour one of the city’s oldest residents.

Edith Taylor, a resident at a Woodhouse care home, marked her birthday in style with relatives.

June Wood, Edith’s daughter, visited her mum, along with other family members, to enjoy the party.

She said: “We took photos and we had a little party for her. We’re not a big family but most of us came.”

Edith, born in Brightside, Sheffield, in 1912, had a strong career at steelworks throughout the 1950s and 1960s where she worked as a resident cook.

After the birth of her grandaughter, Edith decided to give up her job at English Steel, now Sheffield Forgemasters, to help look after their new family member, giving her daughter the opportunity to start her own job.

June said her mother had always been a hard worker.

She said: “My mother only gave up her job when I went to work, so she could look after my daughter.

“When my daughter started school, she was back working again, and took up cleaning. She cleaned for a solicitor in town and cleaned his home until her 70s.”

Living in Arbourthorne before moving into the care home around two years ago, Edith was a keen, and very lucky bingo player.

June said: “She loved her bingo. She used to go three times a week.”

June said Edith used to visit Castle Market about three times a week, right up to when she was in her 90s.

Two years ago, Edith had an accident which saw her break her hip and meant she could no longer live on her own at her house in Arbourthorne.

After the accident, she moved to Balmoral Care Home, Beighton Road, at the age of 98, where she says she enjoys living.

June said she visits her mum at the care home most days, and said the birthday celebrations were lovely.

Edith has to spend the majority of her time resting in bed – and June said the party and celebrations made a ‘pleasant change’.