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Ivy celebrates 100th birthday with her family in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 September 2015

Ivy Kettless celebrating her 100th birthday. Pictured with her son Neil and daughter Pauline Keeler. Picture: James Bass

Ivy Kettless celebrating her 100th birthday. Pictured with her son Neil and daughter Pauline Keeler. Picture: James Bass

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A Lowestoft woman who got married at St John's Church in 1940 - and lived in her house in Pakefield for over 60 years - has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Ivy Kettless celebrating her 100th birthday.  Picture: James BassIvy Kettless celebrating her 100th birthday. Picture: James Bass

Ivy Kettless was joined by her two children Pauline and Neil for a special party at Squirrel Lodge in Pakefield as she enjoyed reading her card from the Queen and hearing about what her ten grandchildren are getting up to.

Mrs Kettless was born in Kelsale near Saxmundham before moving to her grandmother’s house in Lowestoft and living in Payne Street in Kirkley.

After working in Marks and Spencer, she married her husband Roy at the age of 24 after he was been deployed for six and half years in the Eighth Army.

Mrs Kettless, who went to London with her mother and sisters during the war, then returned to Payne Street with her husband before moving into a new home in Pakefield where she remained for over 60 years.

For the past two years, she has been living in the Squirrel Lodge Residential Home after suffering from dementia.

Mrs Kettless’ daughter Pauline Keeler described how “good living” was the key to her mother’s long life as she organised a little party for the family to celebrate the occasion.

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