WHEN Ida Lawrence was born, Edward VII was on the throne, the First World War was still almost a decade off and the first feature length film had just been released.
Now the remarkable great-great grandmother has celebrated yet another milestone birthday – her 107th.
The mother-of-two – who was still attending keep-fit classes aged 105 – has lived through two world wars, seen five different monarchs and 21 Prime Ministers come and go.
And last week she notched up the amazing age of 107 in the company of family and friends.
Daughter Pam said her mother’s secret to a long life was regular exercise and a healthy diet.
The 82-year-old said: “She always used to do exercise when she woke up and she was always keen on gardening and she was out as much as she could be.
“Her and my dad used to grow their own vegetables as well and eat them, so I think it was down to good living really.
“On her 105th birthday she was on television doing an exercise class which was showing how even if you are older you can still do exercise.”
Ida has always been active and while growing up in Derbyshire she worked on a family smallholding helping to farm.
After finishing school she moved to work with her sister in a large home in Surrey as a maid.
This is where she met her husband Fredrick, who she was married to for more than 72 years.
“They moved up here when I moved in about 1978 and they have always got involved in the community where they’ve lived,” Pam said. “Mum was in the women’s institute and dad was in the gardening club and the over-60s club and they both went to church regularly.”
Fredrick, who was a vehicle inspector, died aged 93.
Pam added: “She devoted her whole life to my dad and she went everywhere with him – she was lost when he went but she’s still going.”.
Ida spent 34 years living in Mynydd Isa, Mold, before moving to Aston Hall Residential Home, Hawarden in February.
Pam said: “She was in her own home until February this year and she was still getting about, going up and down the stairs every day.
“She recently had an operation after breaking her hip but she got through it and she is now back in the home – she is a very determined lady.
“Her birthday was spent in hospital, but they were very good, they let us all in and let us take our own sandwiches – it was a lovely day.
“She has had four cards from the Queen now, one on her 100th birthday and one each year since her 105th.”