Ivy toasts turning 100

STILL GOING STRONG: Sudbury centenerian Ivy Wilson with her niece Patricia Andrews and her card from The Queen.
STILL GOING STRONG: Sudbury centenerian Ivy Wilson with her niece Patricia Andrews and her card from The Queen.
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A SUDBURY woman celebrated her 100th birthday at the weekend.

Ivy Wilson, who lives in The Red House residential home in Meadow Lane, clocked up her century on Saturday, having been treated to a birthday meal at the Henny Swan pub the previous day.

Former land army member Mrs Wilson said: “My niece Patricia Andrews and her husband Stuart took me out to lunch, it was very nice. I had the biggest plateful of my favourite fish, skate.”

She received cards from the Queen and Iain Duncan Smith, the Department for Work and Pensions secretary, and said there was no particular secret to her longevity.

“I have lived a clean life and I’m quite happy if I have got a crossword puzzle or a book,” said Mrs Wilson, who lived in London and Southend before coming to Sudbury four years ago.

Mr Andrews, of Bulmer Road, said more than 40 people attended her celebration at the home, including county and town councillor John Sayers.

“Ivy said it was worth waiting 100 years for her meal – it was an enormous plateful and she polished the lot off,” he said.