104 birthday wishes for Dalkeith’s Edna

A birthday cuddle for Edna from care assistant Mary Spinks
A birthday cuddle for Edna from care assistant Mary Spinks

One of Midlothian’s oldest residents, Edna Mulley, celebrated her 104th birthday in the company of family and friends last week.

The great-grandmother, a resident of Archview Lodge Care Home, Dalkeith, has lived an eventful life.

Edna, the third of four children, was born on September 4, 1911, to Louisa and Joseph Williams who lived on the Cheshire/Flintshire border.

Tragedy struck when Edna’s parents both contracted Spanish flu and died within a few weeks of each other when Edna was seven.

The four children were sent to live with different relatives and Edna lived with an aunt. She had to leave school at 14 to work on her aunt’s farm.

At the age of 21 Edna became a nanny in Liverpool but left when she contracted mumps. Once on the mend, she gained employment at a north London hotel.

On her return from visits to the city. Edna got chatting to Bill, one of a group of young men who met outside the Tube station. Sometimes Bill would give her a lift home on his motorbike

Bill and Edna married in 1941 and moved around England for a while as Bill worked for the Greyhound Racing Association. Bill, Edna and their children Michael and Jane arrived in Dalkeith in 1959 as Bill had a job as the racing manager at Powderhall.

On retiring Bill worked for the Duke of Buccleuch setting up and running Dalkeith Park’s nature trails.

Edna had been assisting in serving lunches at Dalkeith Welfare’s Old People’s Lunch Club and was a regular visitor to the Golden Years Club in Woodburn. She helped out once a week at a club for children with brain injuries and was an active member of St Mary’s Episcopal Church and Dalkeith History Society.

Sadly Bill died in 1982 and Edna moved to Brunton’s Close where she lived for 30 years before taking up residence at Archview.

Edna has four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.