90-year-old Rainham woman’s date with the Prime Minister

A 90-year-old woman who worked during the war in a factory making bombs has been invited to a garden party at Downing Street after her son wrote a letter to David Cameron.

Edith Grace Jones from Lake Avenue, Rainham is set to rub shoulders with the Prime Minister and other members of the Government when she attends the garden party at the prestigious venue on Friday June 11.

Mrs Jones said: “It is lovely and I am looking forward to it because David Cameron was not even born then so he can’t argue with me about what happened.”

The garden party is part of the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion and it will also see other people who have played a part in the history of the group attending.

Three months ago, Mrs Jones’ son, Ashley wrote a letter to David Cameron about his mother’s work during the war urging the Prime Minister that women, like his mum who played a part during the war needed to be recognised.

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Two weeks ago, Ashley received an invitation through the post inviting him and his mum to the garden party.

He said: “It was a bit of tongue and cheek.

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“I did not think for the life of me that I would get a reply back from him but when the invitation came through I just jumped up in the air because I was so excited.”

Mrs Jones worked in the Ford Factory, Dagenham from 1941 to 1945 on the electric ammunitions, filling the top of the bombs and welding them together.

She also had to do two hours of fire watching every night in Stanley Road North, Rainham which involved reporting any fires to the fire officer.

Mrs Jones said: “I did that throughout the whole war and I wasn’t scared because if there was one spark in the bomb then it would have blown me up and the rest of the factory.

“I played my part and did my duty and it was fun because there were some days when we would have a good laugh.”

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