Edna celebrates 105 years

105-year-old Edna Fessey pictured at Priory Care Home on her birthday. EMN-151202-121250009

105-year-old Edna Fessey pictured at Priory Care Home on her birthday. EMN-151202-121250009

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Edna Fessey, from Stamford received her second telegram from the Queen yesterday, after turning a “fantastic” 105 years old.

Edna opted for a more “relaxed” birthday celebration this year, following her 100th birthday when she received her first telegram along with riding in a Spartan Combat tank at RAF Wittering.

Great grandmother to eight great grandchildren, Edna has been surrounded by a ‘loving family’ throughout the years and said that the secret to life is to keep enjoying it and always see the best side of it. She said: “Make sure you live while you can!”

For her milestone birthday Edna celebrated with over 30 family and friends at a surprise tea party held at the Priory Court Care Home in Priory Road, Stamford, where she has been a resident for a number of years.

When asked how it felt to turn 105 she said: “It’s great, I’m now looking forward to turning 106.”

Edna’s daughter, Tanya Collingwood was there on the day to help Edna open all of her many cards and gifts.

She said: “ Edna is a gentle soul, she is very content with life and out of her five siblings she is the only one that has lived this long.

“Up until last year she was still knitting clothes for her great grandchildren - knitting was always a real hobby of hers.”

Granddaughter, Lisa Sharp was also there for the momentous occasion. She said: “It’s fantastic - what a brilliant age to be. To get to that age is an achievement in itself.

“She’s very engaged, she keeps up to date with current affairs and enjoys reading the newspapers.”

Edna who was born at Colchester Barracks, moved to the area over 30 years ago from Stratford-Upon-Avon to be closer to her family after her husband Joseph died aged 70.

The couple met whilst at school and after years of dancing together they married in July, 1939. They later had two children together, Tanya and Bruce.

Edna herself grew up in a military family, her father Henry Holmes received the Military Cross for outstanding bravery while under fire in 1918. Her daughter, son-in-law Terry and son Bruce have also all served with the Royal Air Force.

Edna who started her birthday with breakfast in bed was delighted to see all of the family with her on such a special day. She said: “It’s been surprise after surprise. But knowing my lot I knew it would be lovely.”