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100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS AT THE OLD VICARAGE

SUNDAY 15TH MAY 2016

MRS IVY COLLINS

I first met Ivy about thirty years ago and have always been amazed at how she recalled so many memories of her past. She was born in New Cross London but used to visit relatives in Torpoint as often as possible as she loved the countryside, more so than beaches even though it was on the beach along marine drive that she met Bill whom she later married and was about to celebrate sixty five years when sadly he passed away aged ninety eight. Ivy was a hairdresser and had her own business in London, also an accomplished piano player she was requested to play at all family functions. Ivy loved going to the theatre and for meals in the West End. Her father, a stevedore, had often taken her to see the cargo ships at the docks, but she didn’t share in his enthusiasm. One ship, the Montrose, had the first ship to shore communications and used it to message ahead that Dr Crippin was on board. He was then arrested when reaching New York, for murdering his wife. No, Ivy preferred a quieter life and moved to Torpoint when she married into the house Chez Nous which Bill had built for them.
Now celebrating her 100th birthday she enjoyed the day at The Old Vicarage at Antony with the lovely staff and her family and friends and was visited; by the Mayor and Mayoress Mike and Val Perne. An exhausting but wonderful day for her.
Written by Dianne Allen – family friend

Back in the mid 1980’s Ivy saw BBC televisions ‘Songs of Praise’ at Holy Cross Church, Bearsted. She said to Bill her husband, “I wonder if any of the Taylors still live in Bearsted?” She contacted the BBC, but they suggested that she contact the Vicar of Holy Cross Church. Ivy had a nice response from the Vicar and was greeted by the news that the Taylor family still owned the newsagents on Bearsted Green. After 5 decades, Ivy contacted her cousin Edward (Ted) Taylor. Ted’s son and his wife, Donald and Christine took Ted from Bearsted, Maidstone to Torpoint to see Ivy and Bill. Ted met his cousin Ivy after not seeing her for more than 50 years. Written by Donald and Christine Taylor after visiting Ivy on her birthday.

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