Sunderland great grandmother celebrated 100th birthday

Ilva Todd from Durham City, celebrating her 100th birthday.

Ilva Todd from Durham City, celebrating her 100th birthday.

FOUR generations of a family gathered to celebrate the centenary of a Washington great-grandmother.

Ilva Todd, of Lambton, enjoyed an afternoon surrounded by friends and family, as well as Sunderland’s Mayor and Mayoress, Bob and Juliana Heron, at Beamish Park Golf Club. Daughter Courtney Bunn, 65, from Shiney Row, said: “The appearance of the Mayor was a fantastic surprise for all of us, especially for my mum.”

The milestone birthday party started with IIva receiving a card from the Queen.

“I’ll enjoy the card,” she said, “It’s an honour really, isn’t it?”

Among those celebrating were her two great-granddaughters, Kitty, three, and 11-week-old Iyda.

Ilva moved to Durham in 1938, after marrying Joe, who died aged just 58.

She now lives alone at home with the help of carers visiting her throughout the day – but Ilva insists that she prefers it that way.

She said: “I don’t want a fuss. I’ve had my share of aches and pains, like arthritis, but I still manage.”

Despite making it to a century, Ilva doesn’t have any secrets to share about living a long life. She added: “There’s nothing in particular. I’ve just had a good life.”

Happy daughter Courtney said the party was absolutely fantastic and all the guests had fun in the company of the birthday girl.

She said: “To be honest, we haven’t even opened some of the presents yet.

“There were so many people at the party who brought so much stuff – even though I told them not to bother with them.

“I can’t believe she’s still so independent.

“She’s incredible to still be in her own home.”




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