Centenarian waits until 100th birthday to join text generation

First published in Kingston

A 100-year-old woman has celebrated her century by getting her first mobile phone.

The invention of the handheld set was more than 70 years away when Edith Martin was born above the Antelope Pub in Maple Road in Surbiton on February 26, 1911.

Now living in Haywards Heath, Sussex the centenarian celebrated the milestone by enjoying “delightful” cakes with family and friend at a nursing home in Sussex.

Mrs Martin said: “I was mindful about getting a mobile phone for a while, but I was delighted and surprised to receive it.”

Her first few phone calls were to her cousin and a couple of friends.

She said: “I am just a learner at the moment so not texting yet.”

After leaving Surbiton she moved around the country before living settling in Hailsham in Sussex, and then at the care home.

Mrs Martin moved worked for dog food company Spratts for many years before joining the civil service, until her retirement aged 61. She is also a skilled musician and once played violin as part of an orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

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