Ivy Whiting enjoys double celebration for 100th birthday including Waltham Golf Club meal
NOT many birthday girls can celebrate their big day with a summer fete – but for 100-year-old Ivy Whiting it was the perfect end to her big day.
The centenarian, who hadn't realised it was her 100th birthday until she was told by her family and friends, was whisked off for a day out with her family – all five generations of them.
And, after a slap-up meal at Waltham Golf Club, she returned to her home at Ladysmith Care Home to find a summer fete in full swing.
She said: "I didn't even realise I was 100 until my friends and family told me – but I am still enjoying life.
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"I don't know how I have reached this good age; I haven't done anything special, I have just been doing what everyone else does in life."
Among those who turned out to help her celebrate were four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great, great-grandchild.
Ivy added: "I am really enjoying everyone being together and celebrating and in my spare time I have a go at bingo."
Ivy grew up in Ravenspurn Street, in Grimsby, and was a housekeeper for the majority of her life until she married Fred and had two children, who have sadly passed away.
Ivy is a twin to George who also sadly passed away a couple of years ago.
Granddaughter Caroline Graham said she is "really proud" of her gran.
She said: "I can't believe she has reached 100 years old – it's fantastic.
"We are over the moon with how well she is. There have been a few hit and miss moments, as she had a few falls a couple of years ago."
Her son-in-law Brian Watson added: "We celebrated by having lunch at Waltham Golf Club and came back to celebrate at the care home.
"It's fantastic because their summer fete is on at the same time, so there is a great atmosphere here."
Niece Mavis Favell is very close to Ivy. She said: "She loved her cooking and when you were poorly she would bring an apple pie.
"She is a lovely person and would always try to help others out if she could. One of her main passions is and was bingo at Clifton's. Every Sunday we enjoy going out with all the family."
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