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Pembrokeshire local celebrates 109th birthday

Ivy Skeate celebrated her 109th birthday on Wednesday November 1st. She is pictured with family and staff from Hillside Care Home.

A remarkable lady who was born just two years after the Titanic went down celebrated her 109th birthday on Wednesday 1st November.

Ivy was born in 1914, the same year that the First World War started.

She has lived at Hillside Care Home in Goodwick since 2013 and celebrated her birthday with tea and cake and visits from family.

Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman Cllr Tom Tudor also visited Ivy to wish her a happy birthday and brought a gift of flowers.

Cllr Tudor said: “It was lovely to visit Mrs Ivy Skeate to wish her happy birthday on her 109th birthday celebrations, and what a lovely, kind and caring person she is, and what a special day full of sweet and happy moments.”

Annette Narbett, Registered Home Manager at the Pembrokeshire County Council-run Hillside, said all staff are very fond of Ivy who still enjoys a game of bingo after lunch on a Wednesday and Sunday.

Ivy 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.