Nostalgic journey for centenarian Sally on visit to Bury St Edmunds

Sally Baillie with the 1932 Austin 7 her family used to surprise her for her 100th birthday ANL-161116-095222001
Sally Baillie with the 1932 Austin 7 her family used to surprise her for her 100th birthday ANL-161116-095222001
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An Ixworth man helped give a great-grandmother-of-nine a special surprise for her 100th birthday.

Car collector Nick Gray, co-owner of Bennicks Motors in Bradfield St George, helped Sally Baillie relive her youth by taking her for a ride in his 1932 Austin 7 last month.

Mrs Baillie, who turned 100 last Thursday, lives on Canvey Island but was in Bury St Edmunds visiting her family at the time.

Kim Anchorfast, one of the centenarian’s four grandchildren, said: “My nan’s first car was an Austin 7 and we wanted her to relive some wonderful memories.”

Mr Gray, who agreed to help with the surprise as soon as Mrs Baillie’s family approached him, said: “She knew how to drive the car, not that I let her drive – you have to double de-clutch. I took her from the Rushbrooke Arms pub and for a long ride around the village and back again. It was nice to do something for somebody else.”

Mrs Baillie credits ‘getting up and getting on with whatever the day brings with an optimistic attitude to life’ with helping her achieve her recent milestone.