Ivy celebrates 100th birthday

Ivy Cunningham celebrates her 100th birthday with her family

Ivy Cunningham celebrates her 100th birthday with her family

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In 1913 the Ford Motor Company introduced its first assembly line, Australia began building its new federal capital Canberra, stainless steel was invented – and Ivy Cunningham was born.

On July 11, Ivy celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family at her home on, Bury’s Priors estate.

And she has a lot of family to help her celebrate – with 21 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren.

“I have been in this house for around 70 years,” she said.

“I moved in when it was first built.”

Ivy had her first child at the beginning of the World War Two and looked after him alone while her husband served in Burma.

Ivy said as he was only a week old, he was too young to take into the air raid shelters.

She said: “I didn’t think I would make it to this age going through what I went through.

“It is a wonder I am still alive today. 
“It was really nice to get a letter from the Queen and to have my family here with me to celebrate.”