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Norwich centenarian says secret to milestone birthday is clean living

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:37 10 July 2017

Edna Mann, who lives at the Norwich Housing Society’s Westwood House off Earlham Road, and has turned 100. Picture: ANDY NEWMAN ASSOCIATES PR

Edna Mann, who lives at the Norwich Housing Society’s Westwood House off Earlham Road, and has turned 100. Picture: ANDY NEWMAN ASSOCIATES PR

ANDY NEWMAN ASSOCIATES PR

A Norwich woman who was born as revolution swept Russia has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Edna Mann, nee Swain, believes the secret to her long life is down to clean living, which involves not smoking or drinking.

Mrs Mann celebrated her milestone birthday with friends and neighbours at Norwich Housing Society’s Westwood House, off Earlham Road, where she has been a resident for 30 years.

Born in Exeter Street, she went to school at Thorpe Hamlet School on Ella Road before going to work, aged 14, at the city’s Caley’s chocolate factory, where other members of her family worked.

She also met her future husband, a Salvation Army officer, at the factory.

Norwich Housing Society chief executive Mike Allen, said: “Edna is one of our longest-standing residents, and she really is a remarkable lady.

“She remains fit, active and independent, and an inspiration to us all.”

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