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Gravesend woman celebrates 105th birthday at Meopham pub

PUBLISHED: 16:26 08 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:26 08 March 2016

105 year old Ivy Woolcock

105 year old Ivy Woolcock

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Ivy Woolcock celebrated among family and friends

When Gravesend’s Ivy Woolcock was born, Machu Picchu had still not been rediscovered, the famous theft of the Mona Lisa was months away, and the Titanic was more than a year away from completion.

But on Saturday, family and friends of Mrs Woolcock gathered to celebrate her 105th birthday.

25 people, including great-grandchildren gathered to celebrate her the Orchard Cottage resident’s birthday on March 5.

Members of Christ Church, on Old Road East, joined four generations of family in celebrating Mrs Woolcock’s birthday at The George Inn in Meopham.

Her eldest daughter, Ann Jones, spoke of how local people gravitate around her mother to help.

The 73-year-old said: “There’s a terrific sense of community that surrounds her, people give her lifts to places, and generally help her.

“Its all given and taken, she appreciates everything that everyone does for her, and everyone loves here.

“We had most of our family there, four out five grandchildren came along, as well as members of Christ Church, including the rector Sue Brewer.”

“Mum managed to get up and give a little speech on the day thanking everyone for coming.

“She’s so appreciative; we sometimes receive three phone calls a day from her thanking us for helping.”

But despite living nearly 100 miles away in Winchester, Mrs Jones does not believe the 105 year could move closer.

She said: “Her roots are very much in Gravesend, she knows all of the old Gravesend families.

“My father and grandfather were both pilots at Trinity House, and my grandfather was a pillar in the community, so my mother knows so much about the area, she very much belongs there.”

And with the landmark figure passed, Mrs Jones has high hopes for the next birthday.

She said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re celebrating her 106th birthday next year, she’s very hale and hearty.

“She’s still very active, she walks around well with her stick, on nice days she does a lap or two outside Orchard Cottage.

“The cottage treats her so well, they put on some entertainment for her on Monday with a 1940s style singer performing.”

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