Fam­ily party for Edith, aged 100

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page - CHRIS GEE chris.gee@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @RossFreePress

AGREAT, great­grand­mother with a fa­mous mu­si­cal her­itage has cel­e­brated bring­ing up three fig­ures.

Edith Lord, of Booth Road, Stack­steads, grew up in Higher Clough­fold be­fore mar­ry­ing her late hus­band Al­bert. They were mar­ried for more than 70 years.

Mrs Lord, whose an­ces­try dates back to the famed ‘Larks of Dean’, cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day on April 1 with a fam­ily party at her home.

Among those at­tend­ing were her chil­dren Wendy Walm­s­ley, He­len Dawson, Mary An­der­sen and Christo­pher Lord, her nine grand­chil­dren, 11 great-grand­chil­dren and six-month-old first great, great-grand­child Char­lie.

Dur­ing the Sec­ond World War Mrs Lord be­came the first fe­male cler­i­cal worker at Rawten­stall Town Hall, be­fore later be­com­ing a nurse.

Later she helped run the fam­ily plumb­ing busi­ness, P Lord & Sons, on Newchurch Road.

Her con­tin­u­ing pas­sion is mu­sic, and she was a proud mem­ber of Rossendale Ladies Choir for decades and played the or­gan at ser­vices at Water­barn Bap­tist Church un­til its clo­sure in 2010.

She was also in­volved with Rossendale’s twin town of Bo­cholt, vis­it­ing sev­eral times and of­ten host­ing Ger­man guests.

Mrs Lord is de­scended from mem­bers of the Larks of Dean, known in Lan­cashire di­alect as ‘Th’ Deighn Lay­rocks’.

The so­ci­ety of mu­si­cians per­formed in the 18th and 19th cen­turies, cen­turies col­lect­ing and writ­ing around 1,000 hymns and psalms.

Mrs Lord’s daugh­ter, Wendy Walm­s­ley, 69, said her mother was ex­tremely proud of her her­itage.

She said: “Mum still plays the pi­ano and of­ten re­counts sto­ries her fam­ily told her of the Larks and their mu­si­cal tra­di­tions.

“She was em­ployed at Rawten­stall Town Hall the year be­fore the dec­la­ra­tion of war and as soon as war broke out and men left to join the forces more and more fe­male em­ploy­ees were en­gaged. “Although em­ployed as a short­hand typ­ist she also went around Rawten­stall in the mayor’s car to col­lect the rents from coun­cil prop­er­ties and spent a lot of time li­ais­ing with the elec­tric­ity and gas show­rooms to en­sure Rawten­stall res­i­dents had clear guid­ance on how to cook with these new pow­ers.

“Un­til this time most fam­i­lies were cook­ing on a coal range.”

Mrs Lord said how de­lighted she was to have so many of her fam­ily around her and to re­ceive a card from The Queen.

Edith Lord cel­e­brat­ing her 100th birth­day with her fam­ily, at Rawten­stall Town Hall (front) dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, and on the pi­ano

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