Century celebration continues

Celebration: Birthday girl, Winifred Edwards is joined by her son Gary Edwards, granddaughters Michelle Edwards and Joedeene Launders, daughter Coral Shoesmith and great grandson, Drew Launders. Photo: Anne Keen

Celebration: Birthday girl, Winifred Edwards is joined by her son Gary Edwards, granddaughters Michelle Edwards and Joedeene Launders, daughter Coral Shoesmith and great grandson, Drew Launders. Photo: Anne Keen

Old Bar resident, Winifred Edwards was celebrating her 100th birthday for the second time today (August 18) and will continue the party tomorrow.

She began her three days of celebrating with her fellow Banyula Lodge residents on her official birthday, Thursday, August 17.

Today, she was joined by her family, including her children, grandchildren and great grandson, who had travelled in from Sydney and Ballina to be with her for the weekend.

The next big party kicks off tomorrow with around 25 family members coming into town for a gathering at Club Old Bar.

Winnie is a long time avid reader of the Manning River Times and today was no exception, with getting a copy of the Friday edition being her first request this morning. 

Related reading: Reading the Manning River Times at 99

Along with her family, Winnie had a visit from Myall Lakes MP Stephen Bromhead.

Mr Bromhead said he has visited more than 50 people in his electorate for their 100th birthdays in the six years he has held office.

“And only six of them have been men,” he said.

After Winnie’s three-day stint of celebrations is over her family say she will be ready for a rest. Then they’ll start planning for next year’s celebrations.

Stephen Bromhead and Winifred Edwards

Stephen Bromhead and Winifred Edwards

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