Ivy has the secret of long life
A GREAT grandmother who has never smoked, drank, or had a trip to hospital, has celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends.
Ivy Dodd marked her centenary with a party, attended by more than 80 guests, at Reddish Vale Golf Club.
Her family say Ivy’s long life can be put down to her adopting a healthy lifestyle, and keeping her family close by.
Ivy was born in Openshaw on June 10 1915 and later moved to Audenshaw.
She met her husband Jack, who passed away in 1989, while working at Northern Aircraft during the war, and the couple had six children, four of whom are still living.
She worked for many years at the family’s photography business, J. Dodd, at Reddish Bridge in Gorton.
A former member of Debdale Crown Green Bowling Club, Ivy now lives with her daughter Irene McDonald and her family in Reddish, and is a grandmother of seven and great grandmother of 15.
Ivy also celebrated her birthday with a family meal.
Irene said: “She’s never been in hospital, apart from to have her children.
“Everybody had a fantastic time, it was a brilliant party, and she was one of the last to leave.”