Born survivor celebrates her 105th birthday

Ivy Leonard family
Ivy Leonard family
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Trendy super gran Ivy Leonard, who recently celebrated her 105th birthday, is a true survivor.

Mrs Leonard has lived through two world wars and was involved in an accident when she was 93, when she was hit by a police car, and spent six months recovering from a broken pelvis and shoulder, and an MRSA infection.

Mrs Leonard was struck by the police car as it chased a stolen car in Newton Drive, Layton in 2003.

Daughter Anne Smart, 64, who lives in Blackpool with husband, John, 67, says: “She nearly died. I really think the birth of her first great-grandchild Harry, now 11, and the support of her family, helped her to pull through.”

Mrs Leonard leads the way in the fashion department at the Glen Tanar care home, Bispham.

Manager, Lorraine, and care worker, Matthew, took her to Asda on her birthday, where she bought trendy floral trousers, a white top and a pair of black and diamante sneakers.

Anne explains: “Mum’s a real fashionista. She’s mad on clothes and loves anything sparkly and glitzy. She has her nails and hair done every week.

“Mum is an amazing person. She’s tenacious and has the bulldog spirit. She’s lived through two world wars and was an air warden in the Second World War.”

Mrs Leonard moved to Blackpool from Stockton-on-Tees with her late husband, Stanley, a warrant officer in the RAF, 55 years ago.

Anne, John, sons Tim, 38, of Poulton and Andy, 36, of Fleetwood, plus their wives and children Harry, 11; Dan, five and Bray, two, all celebrated Ivy’s birthday at China Red in Poulton.

“Mum loves Chinese food, especially spicy chicken wings, although she also likes a Happy Meal at McDonalds,” laughs Anne who, along with husband, John, works at Farrell Heyworth Estate Agents, Poulton.

“Although mum’s only 4ft 8in, she’s a dynamic personality. She was proud to receive her second telegram from The Queen. We call her Super Gran and we love her to bits.”