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Hillside resident Ivy Skeate celebrates 107th birthday

Ivy Skeate

A woman who was born just months after the outbreak of World War One has celebrated her 107th birthday.

Ivy Skeate has been a resident of Hillside Residential Home in Goodwick since 2013 and celebrated her birthday on 1st November.

Mrs Skeate enjoyed cake and balloons at what were low key but enjoyable celebrations due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions

Mrs Skeate was born in Southwark, south London, and as an infant her policeman grandfather patrolled the streets of south London giving residents the all-clear following zeppelin raids with shrill blasts of his whistle.

Having married James Skeate in 1938, she subsequently moved out to Surrey after the onset of the Second World War, later having two daughters.

She and her husband settled in Newport in 1966 where they ran West End Stores for many years. Mrs Skeate was widowed in 1988.

Mrs Skeate is Hillside’s oldest resident and understood to be one of the oldest people in Wales.

Annett Narbett, Registered Home Manager at Hillside, said: ‘It was lovely to celebrate Ivy’s 107th birthday at Hillside on Monday.

“Ivy is a remarkable lady and it is amazing to think of everything she has experienced in her 107 years.