Kettering woman celebrates 100th birthday at childhood playground Wicksteed Park

Edna Dimmock who was born in Kettering, celebrates her birthday at Wicksteed Park
Edna Dimmock who was born in Kettering, celebrates her birthday at Wicksteed Park

A woman who grew up in Kettering recalled being one of the first to go on the water chute at Wicksteed Park as she celebrated her 100th birthday.

Edna Dimmock was treated to centenary celebrations with her family yesterday (Wednesday) at the park she grew up playing in.

I remember going on the water chute and we got soaked, absolutely soaked.

Edna Dimmock

Edna was born in the town but, despite moving to Bedford almost half a century ago, still considers herself a Kettering girl.

She was one of the first to go on the water chute when it opened in 1926 after her brother-in-law, who ran the ride, let her go on it.

And she recalled the fun she had at the park as a youngster.

She said: “I remember going on the ride and we got soaked, absolutely soaked.

“We went on it before they modified it and it was so much fun.

“Wicksteed is such a wonderful park and we came here all the time in the summer and even in the winter.”

Edna, who was the youngest of nine siblings, had three children, three grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

She regularly spoke to park founder Charles Wicksteed, who could often be found walking his dog around the park.

She added: “Charles was a wonderful man who would stop and have time for anybody.

“I think that is shown in the fact he donated the park to the public, it’s just fantastic.

“We used to come to Wicksteed Park so often that people would grow sick of us telling them we were going.”