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Sybil's 100 year milestone

PUBLISHED: 22:47 05 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

AN INDEPENDENT Ipswich lady has celebrated reaching the landmark birthday of 100.

Sybil Mendham, who lives at the Kent Lodge Residential Home in Woodbridge Road, enjoyed a special day to commemorate her centenary, which started with a telegram from The Queen.

AN INDEPENDENT Ipswich lady has celebrated reaching the landmark birthday of 100.

Sybil Mendham, who lives at the Kent Lodge Residential Home in Woodbridge Road, enjoyed a special day to commemorate her centenary, which started with a telegram from The Queen.

She was born in 1901, the year that Queen Victoria died at the age of 82, to be succeeded by her son Edward, Prince of Wales. The Boer War was still raging, US president William McKinley was assassinated, and the Commonwealth of Australia was created by uniting six British colonies.

Back in Ipswich this week, Miss Mendham and her friends who came to visit, had a buffet and drinks and cut a cake.

She was presented with floral bouquets and lots of cards.

Officer-in-charge Evelyn Branaghan said Miss Mendham, who has lived at Kent Lodge since August 2000, was a pleasant and active resident.

She said: "She is still a very, very independent lady and she keeps active.

"Her mobility is very good for her age."


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