Rothwell resident hits triple figures

Edna Wiley with her telegram from the Queen
Edna Wiley with her telegram from the Queen

A stalwart of the local Salvation Army has celebrated a significant milestone as she turned 100.

Edna Wiley, from Rothwell, reached her centenary on February 8, and will be celebrating with around 100 guests at a party this weekend.

Her granddaughter Claire Kitchen said Mrs Wiley, who is originally from Birmingham, was still very active in the town.

She goes to Salvation Army meetings twice a week and is also frequently seen shopping in Rothwell, Ms Kitchen said.

She added: “She has worked all her life. She used to drive a bus for disabled children and worked in a shoe factory.

“She was always on the go.”

With her husband Walter, Edna had three children, two of whom have since passed away, seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.