A respected dressmaker and seamstress who produced costumes for many local theatre and music productions on the Lizard Peninsula has died, just a day after her 90th birthday.

Elaine Edwards, from St Keverne, will be remembered by many for making countless Flora Day dresses, numerous wedding dresses, as well as many for bridesmaids also.

For around 20 years Elaine was wardrobe mistress for the Keverne Kaudlers, making the various outfits for the cast of the various pantomimes they produced.

Elaine was actively involved with many local organisations, including St Keverne Ladies Choir – where she made all their uniform dresses – and Cancer Research Campaign, and she was secretary of St Keverne Band Supporters Club in the1980s, helping raise many hundreds of pounds.

She was also keen follower of St Keverne Male Voice Choir, brass and silver bands in Constantine, Helston and Gweek, as well as Illumination Brass, where she altered and made shirts for them.

Elaine Edwards was a respected dressmaker from St Keverne

Elaine Edwards was a respected dressmaker from St Keverne

A dedicated football fan, she helped raise funds for Mawgan and St Keverne's football teams. One of her footballing highlights was meeting one-to-one Manchester United and England player Steve Coppell, and giving him a pasty – which he proceeded to eat with glee.

A Manchester United supporter, she and her husband Brian were delighted to receive a letter from Sir Alex Ferguson congratulating them on their 60th wedding anniversary.

Elaine was born and grew up in Mawgan, and had one son, Ian, and two grandchildren, Rebecca and Sarah. Her husband Brian, a retired St Keverne fireman, died in 2014.

She celebrated her 90th birthday last Friday, but sadly passed away at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro the following afternoon, March 5.

Her funeral will now take place next Friday, March 18, at Mawgan-in-Meneage Church at 11am.