A WOMAN with 37 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren has celebrated her 105th birthday.

Edith Parker, who lives at Bradshaw Manor Care Home in Rhyl, woke up to a clutch of birthday cards from friends and family and later celebrated with tea and cake. She also received a card from the Queen.

Mrs Parker, who has three children – Anita, Marion and Stephen – as well as 18 grandchildren, puts her longevity down to the “pure Welsh air”.

The former cook, originally from Camberwell in South East London, was married to the late Fred, whom she described as the love of her life.

She has lived in the Rhyl area for 35 years, since 1983.

Daughter Marion said: “She met Chris Ruane, MP for Vale of Clwyd. It was lovely. She had tea and cake with him and talked about her life.

“On her birthday, she had lunch with her daughters and eldest grandson and had a tea party at Bradshaw Manor on Saturday with her family and friends. Mum’s background is catering. She grew up in London and worked for a short time at the Crystal Palace before having children and then cooked for thousands of schoolchildren until she retired.

“Mum is full of fun, very caring, sociable and a great talker. The milestone is unbelievable and thanks to all the pure Welsh air.”

“We would like to say a big thank you to Bradshaw Manor for their care and help for this special occasion.”

Shelley Macdonald, activities co-ordinator at Bradshaw Manor, said: “Edith has been with us since last July.

“She is a very loving and caring lady who has time for all the staff and residents. She enjoys chatting and sharing her life stories and giving advice.

“We’re glad we could share this special day with her.”