December 6 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A sprightly 100-year-old celebrated her milestone birthday last week with a party and her favourite tipple.
Ivy Hurrell, who has lived in Romford for over 70 years, took to the Mawney Arms pub on Monday September 28 with her great-niece and friends.
She was treated to a buffet, birthday cake and a bottle of sherry.
Ivy’s great-niece Lynn Scott, 57, said: “It was a special occasion. It’s unbelieveable, she doesn’t look 100.
“The pub regulars entered into the spirit of things with their generous congratulations and when she said she likes sherry the landlord brought over the whole bottle.
“She had two glasses but I was worried about her having anymore because I was the one who had to take her home!”
Ivy, who lost her husband Bill 16 years ago, was born in Forest Gate, but moved to her current home after her wedding in 1939.
She married Bill just days before the outbreak of the Second World War.
Ivy also has a connection to the First World War, as her brother was killed fighting in it. He was one of many underage boys who enlisted.
Lynn said he was approached in the street by two girls who placed a white feather on his shoulder - a symbol for cowardice.
He felt so ashamed that he signed up and he died from being shot in the back.
Ivy, who worked at the Coop store in South Street for many years with Bill, has taken joy from being independent.
Until recently, she was still travelling on the bus to the library and the market.
She also enjoyed bartering with owners of fruit stalls and fish suppliers.
Lynn added: “She is now looking forward to her 101st birthday at the same location, especially after such generous measures of sherry!”
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