Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Dog-loving centenarian parties with family and friends

A WOMAN from Sonning Common has celebrated her 100th birthday.

A WOMAN from Sonning Common has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Ivy Denslow marked the occasion with a party at the village hall in Wood Lane on Saturday, the day before her actual birthday.

About 80 people attended the event, including five generations of her family as well as friends and neighbours. Two of Mrs Denslow’s sons, Derick and Tony, were there. The guests enjoyed tea, cake and sanwiches and Mrs Denslow showed them her birthday card from the Queen.

She was given a toast by Derick, who lives in Gloucestershire, where his mother was born.

Mrs Denslow and her husband Ernest, who died in 1989, had another son, Reg, but he passed away in 2002. In total she has seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and six great, great grandchildren.

She moved to Sonning Common about 20 years ago and lives with her Pekingese dog Sukie.

Mr Denslow, 80, said: “She used to breed Pekingese dogs and poodles. She has always been an animal lover and she has even shown some of her dogs at Crufts.” One of Mrs Denslows’s  Pekingese was chosen to appear in the Eighties BBC television drama  All Creatures Great and Small.

Mr Denslow said: “She is from a long-living family — her sister lived into her nineties.

“One thing she always says is that it is better to give than to receive and maybe living like that has helped.”

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