Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting EJ NEWS to 80360 or e-mail us
Mum’s incredible for 100
2:00pm Sunday 10th March 2013 in News
AN Evesham centenarian celebrated her 100th birthday a day late, in keeping with a family tradition.
Unwittingly, Rosa Hyde had always celebrated her birthday one day after she was born because she only discovered the date was not her true birthday when she was 75. Nethertheless, she has continued to celebrate it on the 28th since finding out.
Mrs Hyde was born in Avonside Hospital, Evesham, on February 27, 1913 and marked her century last Thursday at her town centre home.
Her son Trevor Hyde said: “She doesn’t know why it was celebrated on a different day.
She had always assumed the 28th was her birthday. She found out because we had to get her birth certificate. It will be interesting to see what the telegram says. Mum is looking forward to that.”
The family have another reason to celebrate as Andrew Hyde, one of Mrs Hyde’s three grandchildren, celebrated his 50th birthday on the same day.
Mrs Hyde lived in Lower Moor as a young girl before her family moved to Gosport, near Portsmouth, where her dad served in the Army during the First World War.
They returned to the Vale a few years on and lived in Cowl Street, with Mrs Hyde attending Swan Lane School.
She later met her husband, Arthur Hyde, when he moved in opposite. The two were married in All Saints Church, Evesham. Arthur Hyde worked at the town’s gas works and Mrs Hyde at the Beeches jam factory until their first child, Trevor, was born in 1936. His sister, Patricia, joined him in 1950.
“She is incredible for her age,” said her son. “You wouldn’t think she was coming up to 100. She still does the crossword every day, knits for herself and crochets baby clothes. We have always put her age down to eating so many vegetables and never smoking.”