Former Cliftonville B&B owner Edna Adams celebrates 101st birthday

Birthday celebrations for Edna

A belated happy 101st birthday to Thanet resident Edna Adams.

Edna celebrated her birthday with family on November 3.

The former guest house owner has lived on the isle for more than 70 years after she and husband Aurthur visited Margate on holiday and fell in love with the area.

The couple bought a B&B called Edge Cliff guest house in Athelstan Road and ran it for the next 15 years before moving to Kingsgate. Edna and Aurthur were also keen supporters of Dane Park Bowls Club with Edna catering for games and Authur being a player.

Sadly Aurthur passed away but Edna is surrounded by a large family of two daughters, six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Edna, who has also been a model for Barratts Shoes and worked making shells for bombs during World War Two, enjoys trips to the hairdressers and shopping at M&S.

In the year Edna was born – 1921:

King George V was monarch and David Lloyd George (Coalition) was Prime Minister.

Unemployment was a major issue, standing at 2 million in June.

The Irish War of Independence raged through the first half of the year. The province of Northern Ireland was created within the United Kingdom and on 22 June the new Parliament of Northern Ireland, assembled at Belfast City Hall, and was formally opened by King George V,

The war of independence officially ended in July.

British and Irish negotiators signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty in London giving independence to the Irish Free State. However, The Troubles in Northern Ireland continued.

In May The British Legion was founded by merger of the Comrades of the Great War, the National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers, the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers and the Officers’ Association. On November 11 that year The British Legion held its first official poppy day.

1921 was also the year that entertainer Harry Secombe and also comedian/magician Tommy Cooper  (‘just like that’) were born.