Edith takes a back seat

A Wymondham woman who has campaigned tirelessly for Norfolk's elderly population has announced that she is taking a back seat from the county's leading pensioners' group.

A Wymondham woman who has campaigned tirelessly for Norfolk's elderly population has announced that she is taking a back seat from the county's leading pensioners' group.

Edith Pocock, who has been secretary of the Norfolk and Norwich Pensioners' Association for almost 25 years, revealed that she had stood down from her post.

However, the 84-year-old said she would still be involved in the movement after being installed as president at the organisation's AGM last week.

Mrs Pocock, who was made an MBE seven years ago and is a member of the National Pensioners' Convention, said it was high time she took a less active role in the association.

The widow, who began campaigning for pensioners' rights when she retired 24 years ago, said she would continue to attend meetings and speak on behalf of the county's elderly people in her new position as president of the Norfolk and Norwich Pensioners' Association.

'There are lots of things I'd like to do and I want to take a back seat and rest and enjoy myself. We have campaigned very hard for pensions, heating allowance, and free TV licences and all the things that pensioners have achieved over the years. And we have developed branches across Norfolk, which is something to be proud of.'

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'The older person has always been left on the bottom of the ladder and we would love to see a day when all elderly people are comfortable and can afford to not worry,' she said.

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