Local Care Home Resident, Ida, Celebrates 100th Birthday

Sunrise  |  February 3, 2020

"I don't believe it! I'm only 70 - not a b****y hundred," joked Ida as she was greeted at her celebratory party with a chorus of Happy Birthday.

Ida said she couldn't believe the Queen had sent congratulations. "No! How on earth did SHE know?" she asked after receiving the Royal birthday card during the get-together at Sunrise of Tettenhall.

Ida Rolaston reached the grand old age on 21st January. After blowing out not quite a hundred candles on her birthday cake, she welcomed dozens of family, friends and staff at the Wolverhampton care home.

Geraldine Bunning, Activities and Volunteers Coordinator at Sunrise of Tettenhall, said: “Ida is much loved at the home where she is well-known for her sense of humour. I asked Ida the next day, how does it feel to 100 and one day old? She said “much the same really!” And then went on to say that she thought that she wouldn’t sleep after the busy celebrations but she slept very well.”

"Keep smiling," is Ida’s motto. That certainly saw her able to cope during the 1950s while raising two boys and - probably more stressful - supporting Walsall's mighty football team, nicknamed the Saddlers. She was a season ticket holder for many years at their former ground Fellows Park.

Born in Walsall, Ida lived in Bentley Lane with her mum and dad, three sisters and two brothers. After marrying Norman - eventually a director of the toolmaking company BIP, in Tyburn Road, Birmingham - they set up home on Broadway, Walsall.

When their sons Graham and Peter grew up and left home in the 60s, Norman and Ida moved to Sutton Coldfield where they lived in a bungalow off Monmouth Drive, near Sutton Park. There, her sewing skills kept her busy hand-making luxury curtains and soft furnishings. She moved to her own bungalow In Tettenhall several years after Norman passed away in 1997.

Ida is looking forward to a second party on Sunday 26th January at Sunrise of Tettenhall where she has lived for just over two years. Family and friends who could not attend the first get-together will be joining her.