Ivy celebrates a century with family

CELEBRATIONS: The Mayor of St Helens councillor Geoff Almond, left, visits Ivy Sandham as she celebrates her 100th birthday with family and friends at Elm Tree House care home, Newton-Le-Willows.
CELEBRATIONS: The Mayor of St Helens councillor Geoff Almond, left, visits Ivy Sandham as she celebrates her 100th birthday with family and friends at Elm Tree House care home, Newton-Le-Willows.
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A TALENTED pianist who has lived in her native Earlestown all her life has turned 100.

Mayor of St Helens Geoff Almond joined centurion Alice Ivy Sandham and her family to mark the big day at Elm Tree House in Newton-le-Willows.

In her younger days the grandmother-of-three, who became a great grandmother for the first time on Christmas Eve, was a pianist in a local group - regularly playing at the Vulcan club at weekends.

Her daughter, Eileen Heaton, said: “My mum has lived in Earlestown all her life. She was born in Neville Street and then lived in Tamworth Street, Welbeck Avenue and Norman Avenue.

“She used to play the piano and could play anything you asked her to. Even though she could read music she could play anything by ear too. In the early years she played in a group called the Frank York Concert Party.

“She also worked in the Co-op’s boot and shoe department.”

But what does Eileen think Mrs Sandham’s secret to long life is?

“She likes a glass of sherry,” Mrs Heaton said, “and she always told me ‘you must keep going’ too.”