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Ivy marks 102nd birthday.

A MUCH-LOVED lady celebrated her 102nd birthday with a visit from a pony to her Middlesbrough care home.

Ivy Berkley, a resident at Oaklea care home on Eastbourne Road in Linthorpe, enjoyed the unexpected visit as part of celebrations for her landmark birthday, organised by staff at the home.

Ivy, who was born in the Newport area of Middlesbrough to parents Ann and Edgar but later moved to Billingham, said she had "no idea" what the secret to such a long life was, but that she had enjoyed the celebrations for her birthday on Saturday, May 26.

She particularly enjoyed the visit from Molly the Dartmoor pony, who was brought to Oaklea by K & L Pony Therapy, who she said put a smile on everyone's faces.

Ivy said: "I just said thank goodness they didn't ask me to have a ride!" Since moving to the home five years ago, Ivy, who has a brother Dennis, 82, has proved to be a much-loved and fun-loving resident, said Matron Elaine Bloomer.

Elaine said: "Ivy is such a well-loved lady.

She said: "She's bright as a button and everybody thinks the world of her.

"When we asked what she wants for her 103rd birthday she said a horse with a jockey this time!" Ivy, who contracted polio as a child, married her first husband Percy in 1932, and then married ICI worker Sid Berkley in 1954.

The pair then lived happily in Billingham until Sid passed away more than 30 years ago.

Ivy added: "I had a lovely birthday. I got lots of cards and flowers. Everyone was very kind."

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BIRTHDAY GIRL: Ivy Berkley has a visit from a pony, left, and above she is pictured celebrating her 100th birthday
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 2, 2012
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