A tipple a day is the secret of Rugby woman’s long life

MHRA-28-12-11 BIRTHDAY DEC77 (1)'Ivy Hopkins, has just celebrated her 100th Birthday.
MHRA-28-12-11 BIRTHDAY DEC77 (1)'Ivy Hopkins, has just celebrated her 100th Birthday.

HAVING just celebrated her 100th Christmas, it was time for Ivy Hopkins to mark a special milestone in her life.

On Tuesday, December 27 Ivy celebrated her centenary with friends and family.

She spent the day at home in the village of Broadwell with her family, followed by a tea party the next day at the Blue Lias pub in Stockton.

Ivy was born in Bourton-on-Dunsmore, near Rugby, in 1911.

She married Bill in 1933 and the couple moved to Broadwell.

They had three children who were all brought up in the village - Joy, Sandra and Roy.

The family later moved to another house in The Green in Broadwell, where Ivy still lives today with daughter Joy and her husband David.

Ivy never had the opportunity to go out to work, instead staying at home to look after family.

Ivy and Bill, who died 15 years ago, used to enjoy playing tennis and gardening together.

Ivy, who has three grandchildren and four great grandchildren, believes that having a tipple a day has helped her reach 100.

Daughter Joy Bicknell said: “She has a little sherry and a little brandy. One in the day and one at night.

“We think it must keep her going.”

Ivy, who received a special birthday card from the Queen, was joined at her party by all her family and friends.

Joy said: “She had lots of cards, flowers and presents.

“She really enjoyed it.”