She was born into a showbiz family in Huddersfield.

And now the granddaughter of a man who ran a renowned travelling theatre company has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Edith Kelso, of Kelso Portable Theatre fame, has now earned her own place in history books thanks to her long and happy life.

Perhaps it was due to enjoying the never-ending fun of the fair throughout her childhood which set her up with such vim and vigour throughout her later years.

Born in Honley, she was given the chance to watch her granddad William George, better known by his stage name of Billy Kelso and his acts across the North, enjoying the many theatrical spectaculars it presented.

This she did in between helping out her father, Harry George, at his general stores on Church Lane in the village.

They are just some of the memories Edith continues to hold dear, alongside her in depth knowledge of the area she grew up in.

Edith, said: “I was born in Back New Street in Honley, just around the corner from my dad's shop was. I remember my sister Molly singing with the theatre group, as well as writing poetry.

“One of my other big memories from being a child was of my parents’ newspaper shop and general store. We used to take out deliveries on a horse and cart.”

Her dad sadly passed away when she was eight-years-old, leaving her, two siblings, Molly and Fred, and her mum.

She was educated at the National School in Honley before leaving at 14 to start work in a pharmaceutical warehouse in Moldgreen, where she packed powders five and a half days a week for eight shillings.

She was later unfortunately deemed to be too unwell to work and had to survive off sick pay until she found a new job several years later for Furnishall Carpet Fitters, also in Moldgreen.

Edith said: “I described myself as a creaking gate then and now.”

Another memory was of the old Shambles Lane, on which the Piazza Centre now stands.

Christmas shopping in the Shambles
 

She said: “I loved going down there to pick up fruit and vegetables from the stalls down there.

“We’d always go on Saturday nights to get them cheap because the sellers didn’t have any refrigerators to keep them in.”

Edith, who was later registered as fully blind and lives in her home in Birch Court in Marsh, now loves to reminisce about her happy memories while making even more with her friend Jean Goodison, a volunteer with Better Future for the Blind.

Jean, who visits her every week, said: “I find her fascinating.We really enjoy each other’s company and like singing songs she loves, such as Grandfather Clock and Over the Rainbow.”