Card from Queen marks Ivy’s 100th

Ivy Bostridge celebrates her 100th birthday
Ivy Bostridge celebrates her 100th birthday

A Rugby woman who has a total of 41 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Ivy Bostridge, born Ivy Bonser, celebrated her birthday on April 12 at Red House care home.

Celebrations continued the following day at the Rugby Workers’ Club, Oliver Street, where she was joined by relatives - including 35 of her grandchildren.

Ivy has three children - Bruce Bostridge, Pauline Sargent and Audrey Rose, who are all in their 70s - eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren, with another on the way.

Born in South Kilworth, Ivy came to Rugby when she married Newton-born Herbert ‘Bert’ Bostridge.

Grandson Ian Bostridge, said: “She used to be a great cyclist until she was well into her 80s.

“She once cycled to London on a tandem back in the late 1920s or early 30s to go and see her brother. She’s seen no end of changes. Motor vehicles, landing on the moon, even television was something completely innovative to them when it first came out.”

He said Ivy was nearly 60 when she got her first television. Ian added: “She’s just a very special grandma.”