HARD work is the recipe for a long life declared Ida Duffy who celebrated her 100th birthday at Millbrook Care Home.
Ida says she has always kept busy and remainder fiercely independent, living on her own until less than 18 months ago when she was still doing her own washing and cooking.
A number of falls precipitated her move to the care home, though she is still mobile with the help of a walking frame. And she still enjoys a game of bingo.
Son David said: “Mother has always been a doer and kept busy and been a people person.
“She taught her children and grandchildren to cook and did charity work for Leonard Cheshire Homes, manning their stall at Ashton market and was involved in the Young at Heart Club at St Ann’s Church, Ashton.”
Ida celebrated the landmark with a celebratory glass of champagne surrounded by family and friends along with a visit from Civic Mayor Cllr Joyce Bowerman and her consort, husband Fred.
David and his wife Hilary travelled from their home in Vancouver while granddaughter Clare and her sons Ethan and Ryan also made the journey from Ontario, Canada.
It was hard to believe the First World War was still raging when Ida was born in Openshaw in March 1918.
Ida was one of five – she had three sisters and one brother – and lived in Audenshaw for most of her life, though there were spells in Openshaw and Levenshulme.
During her working life, Ida was in the payroll office at English Steel in Openshaw.
Ida has been married twice – Arthur died of a heart attack just shy of their silver wedding while she was later married to Jim for more than 25 years.
“They were two fantastic husbands,” she said.
Ida has also travelled widely visiting David when he worked in South Africa and also in Canada which is where home is today.
Ida’s family comprises son David, stepdaughters Margaret Roper and Barbara Ashton, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Family and friends enjoyed a celebratory meal at The Heroes of Waterloo, Ashton, while there was also champagne and a party at the care home.
• Ida is the eldest resident at Millbrook Care Home following the recent death of Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Morrison aged 106.