Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 5°C

min temp: -1°C

Search

Ipswich: Birthday girl Ida Mantica celebrates 107th milestone

11:00 21 July 2014

Ida Mantica celebrates her 107th birthday.

Ida Mantica celebrates her 107th birthday.

A former BBC worker has been presented with a medal by the town mayor in honour of her 107th birthday.

Ida Mantica, who lives in the Chrissian residential home in Woodbridge Road, celebrated her milestone on Saturday with a party with family, friends and Ipswich mayor Bill Quinton.

Ida was born in London on July 19, 1907, and was the eldest of four – brother Eric and sisters Mavis and Doris.

She won a scholarship to Southall County School in London where she played the piano, having learnt as a young girl, for the dancers.

Having enjoyed a varied careers, Ida worked for the BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Metropolitan Police and was an ambulance driver during the Second World War.

She also volunteered at West London Hospital which was where she met her late husband Arthur.

Lauren Cahill, the manager of Chrissian, said: “She bumped into Arthur outside the hospital and he recognised her as going to school with his sister.”

Ida, who used to live in the Isle of Wight, relocated to Ipswich to be closer to her niece Jo Johnson who attended Saturday’s party.

Miss Cahill added: “She received a card from the Queen, a telegram from the Department for Work and Pensions and a medal and pot plant from the mayor which she was very pleased with.

“She really enjoyed herself at the party. She is a very remarkable lady.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A criminal investigation has been launched by police into a failing care home in Hadleigh at which a resident died.

A crewman has died after a boiler backfired in the engine room of the Manhattan Bridge container ship as it was docking at Felixstowe port last night – causing an “explosion”.

A lorry has burst into flames following a crash with a car on the A14 westbound in Suffolk close to Needham Market.

Urgent improvements have been demanded of three food businesses in east Suffolk, according to hygiene inspection reports.

Animal welfare charities in Suffolk have urged caution over who found pets are given to after reports of a woman in Ipswich posing as an animal welfare officer to obtain a cat found by a homeowner in their garden.

Today the sun is taking the edge off the biting January winds in Suffolk, the perfect winter’s day.

More than half the homes in Suffolk are in the bottom two council tax bands it has emerged.

A Suffolk man has been evicted from his hospital bed by court order after he “unnecessarily” refused to leave for more than two years.

Beach huts, morning runs and golden sand. Not exactly the Felixstowe you might be expecting in January.

Labour’s shadow trade and industry secretary Clive Lewis has visited Ipswich to encourage party members as thoughts start to turn towards this year’s election.

Most read

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24