Arriva names bus after 107-year-old Ivy from Gravesend
PUBLISHED: 16:04 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:11 06 April 2018
Bus company Arriva has decided to honour a 107-year-old resident by naming one of their Sapphire buses after her.
Ivy Woolcock, who currently lives at Orchard Cottage care home, Old Road East, is one of the oldest people in Kent, and reached the incredible milestone last month.
She officially opened her named bus on Thursday, April 5, in Gordon Promenade.
She was joined by her family, the Arriva team, local councillors and members of the local church as well as Women’s Institute, (WI) of which Ivy has played a key role during her life.
The Mayor, cllr Harold Craske, officially named the bus in celebration of Ivy before she and her friends and family were taken to the Best Western Manor Hotel on her bus for afternoon tea to celebrate.
Ivy said: “I had a wonderful day and it’s something I never expected - you just don’t do you?
“It’s such an honour and I am very grateful.”
Ivy, who was born in Sittingbourne in 1911 and attended Sittingbourne County School, revealed that some of her earliest memories were of the First World War, where she remembers being with her mother as a three-year-old and hearing Zeppelins flying overhead.
She trained as a buyer at Harrods before working at John Lewis’s flagship store in London’s Oxford Street.
She married Francis Woolcock, who was a pilot stationed in North Africa during the Second World War, at St John The Evangelist in Bexley Village, the same year she came to the town.
They had two children together, Ann and Elizabeth.
Lauren Edmonds, from Arriva, said: “Ivy is such a key member of the community - as an active church member and also everything she’s done with WI.
“As a community bus service, we wanted to give something back to her that she could enjoy with friends and family.”
Ivy said she loves living in Gravesend, and that she loves being at Orchard Cottage.
When asked to share her secrets to leading a long life, Ivy said: “I would say to just enjoy what you can, whenever you can, and forget about everything else.”