Great Scott! Edith celebrates 108th birthday

Celebrations were in full swing in Liversedge this week as a local woman celebrated her 108th birthday.

Edith Scott, who was born in 1905 and has lived through two World Wars and the sinking of the Titanic, enjoyed a party at Ings House Nursing Home on Wednesday.

Mrs Scott was born in Staincliffe and attended the local junior school until the age of 13.

After working in Co-op stores in Heckmondwike and Batley, she married and ran a Dewsbury off-licence until 1960.

She has one son, Leonard, and in 2009 moved to Ings House.

Barbara Hudson, from the nursing home, said: “Edith was excited but she teases us with it.

“We had an entertainer and held a big party.

“Edith remembers the Titanic going down and was upset because she wanted to wear her Sunday dress but had to wear dark clothes in mourning.”

Mrs Scott is now just two years away from becoming a supercentenarian, a term used to describe people aged 110 or over. There are just six living supercentenarians in Britain, the oldest of whom is Bermondsey’s Grace Jones, who turns 114 this December.

The all-time record for the oldest UK citizen is held by Charlotte Hughes, who died in 1993 aged 115 and 228 days.