A KIDDERMINSTER great-grandmother had family visit from Australia when she celebrated her 100th birthday this week.

Edna Jones marked the milestone on Tuesday (October 10) with two parties with family and friends.

Edna was born on October 10, 1917, and moved to America with her parents when was five-years-old.

Edna's only daughter, Jenny Burns, said: "She went to America when she was five - it took them three weeks on a ship to get there.

"They came back to England when she was 10-years-old. They lived in the Bromsgrove area for a while, before moving to Northfield, in Birmingham."

Edna left school at the age of 14, and worked at the Austin Motor Company. During the war, she worked underground manning the telephone lines for ARP.

When she was 16, with a friend, Edna cycled to Weston-super-Mare from Birmingham, which took them a week. 

She married Eric in May 1940, and together the couple had one daughter, Jenny. She went on to work for Kalamazoo, in Northfield, as a typist.

Jenny said: "My dad died when my mother was only 57. She had been in the same house in Birmingham for a long time, so she moved to Kidderminster to be nearer to me and my family."

Edna has two grandchildren - Karen and Neil - and two great-granddaughters.

Jenny added: "My son Neil lives in Australia and has come over for his grandmother's birthday.

"On her birthday we celebrated with a party for her friends. We will also be having a family party on Saturday (October 14)."