Elizabeth Haffenden celebrated her 107th birthday
A “cheeky” Littlefair resident celebrates her 108th birthday today. Elizabeth Mary Edwards, nee Haffenden, was born in Chuck Hatch, and grew up in Colemans Hatch where she attended the Holy Oak Sunday School.
Elizabeth subsequently married Horace Edwards, and moved to Forest Row but Horace sadly died young leaving her to bring up their children Michael and Ann by herself. She also helped care for her mother and younger brothers.
Until the late 80s Elizabeth walked from Forest Row to Colemans Hatch to help her brother, only getting the bus back when the double journey became too much for her.
She moved into residential care at Littlefair shortly before her 100th birthday after she had a fall in which she broke both her hip and her collar bone – an accident which ended her dream of living independently until she reached what she called “the big three figures”.
Her grandson, electrician Dave Edwards, called his Nan “Britain’s youngest 108-year-old” as he prepared to visit her today, echoing what he had said on her birthday last year.
“Nan is still fiercely strong-willed, but coupled with huge cheekiness and sense of humour remains a complete joy to be around.”
Nan’s other grandchildren are Dave’s sister Julie, and his cousins Lesley and Clare, who between them have her five great grandchildren, Adam, Will, Liam, Beth and Ben.