Family and friends celebrate Wanstead pensioner’s 100th birthday

PUBLISHED: 12:56 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:56 15 May 2017

Edna Poole celebrating her 100th birthday at the Forest Dene Residential Care Home.

Edna Poole celebrating her 100th birthday at the Forest Dene Residential Care Home.


A wartime ambulance driver was joined by her family and friends as she celebrated her 100th birthday last week with a traditional tea party.

Edna with her daughter Jackie Poole.Edna with her daughter Jackie Poole.

Edna Irene Poole, of Forest Dene Residential Care Home, in Hermon Hill, Wanstead, reached the milestone on Wednesday and the home’s manager Renae Dixon paid tribute to the centenarian.

“Edna is such a lovely and kind-hearted lady – she has the warmest of smiles and can light up any room,” said Renae.

Edna, who was originally born in Poplar, met her future husband Harry in 1931 at the age of 14 and worked as an ambulance driver during the second world war while her spouse served in the RAF.

Edna’s daughter, Jackie, said she’s always been there for the family.

Edna with the Mayor Councillor Gurdial Bhamra.Edna with the Mayor Councillor Gurdial Bhamra.

“She always supported the family – whether it was being there for us, our children or helping with every day duties, she was there and we’ve always relied on her.”

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