Hunstanton resident Ivy celebrates a century

Ivy Duff, 100-years-old on July 12
Ivy Duff, 100-years-old on July 12
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Ivy Duff celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday with champagne and surrounded by members of her family who had travelled from as far away as London to be with her.

Mrs Duff was one of five children, born Ivy Mann in Holt, who suffered tragedy early in life when her husband, Mac, was killed in action after only two weeks of marriage. She spent the war years as an attendant on an ambulance driven by her older sister, Chris.

Ivy is very well-known in Hunstanton, having moved to the town with her brother, Charles, after the war. They first opened a fruit and vegetable shop near the railway station, later converted it into a cafe, before finally making it into a fish and chip shop.

She was still living on her own in a flat in Hanover Gardens until two-and-a-half years go when she moved into Driftwood House Care Home.

Outside of business, although she never owned one, her passion – introduced to her by the husband of her short-lived marriage – was motor bikes. Despite her age, given the chance to sit on one just before her birthday she immediately wanted to ride it around the town.