Centenarian Edith met her husband on a bus - they married 6 weeks later! - The Coventry Observer

13th Aug, 2022

Centenarian Edith met her husband on a bus - they married 6 weeks later!

BORN in the roaring Twenties, Scot Edith Brady met husband Charles on a bus in Dundee – they were married six weeks later!

On February 1 she celebrated her 100th birthday at Eric Inott House, one of Citizen’s Retirement Living Schemes in Cheylesmore, Coventry, where she has been a resident for 25 years.

At a special birthday party in her honour, the glamorous centenarian received a birthday card from the Queen and celebrated with guests including her two daughters Irene Brady and Edith Shield, and granddaughters Tracey and Emma Shields.

Edith said: “I am thrilled that people have turned up for my birthday and have organised this party for me. It’s lovely to have people I care about with me.

“I also received a letter from the Queen which was wonderful!”

Edith was born in Dundee in 1920 and worked in a sweet factory while a teenager. She met her husband Charles in 1942. She was sitting on a bus when he asked her out.

Charles went off to fight in the Second World War as part of the Black Watch – the Scottish Army – and Edith served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service.

Their first daughter, Irene, was born in 1944 and their second daughter Edith was born in 1945.

Following the war, work was unavailable in Dundee, so the family moved to Manchester and lived with an uncle until they were able to find a house together.

In 1957 the family moved to Coventry. Edith worked as a cleaner in the local dentist and served meals at the University of Warwick until she retired.

Edith revealed her secret to a long life – a drop of Drambuie whiskey every night.

Retirement Living Manager at Citizen, Tim Ansell, said: “We have loved celebrating Edith’s 100th birthday and we’re so pleased she enjoyed her party.

“Thank you to everyone who visited Eric Inott House to celebrate with her.

“We’re very proud of what she has achieved – Happy birthday Edith!”

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