Bridlington’s Blanche turns 107, making her one of oldest in East Riding

Blanche Mannix is 107 today.
Blanche Mannix is 107 today.

FOR SOME, a message from the Queen would be a once in a lifetime occasion, but not for one Bridlington lady for whom a message from Her Majesty is an annual occurrence.

For Blanche Mannix received her seventh card from the Queen on Monday to mark her 107th birthday – ranking her amongst the oldest women in the East Riding.

Blanche, who is originally from Moose Jaw, in Canada, celebrated her 107th birthday with a meal with family over the weekend, before having friends over for tea at Mallard Court, where she lives, on the big day itself.

Blanche, who has lived in Bridlington for well over 20 years, was born shortly after the Wright Brothers took to the skies in the first aeroplane and has lived through two World Wars, crediting her longevity to vegetarianism and a healthy, non-smoking lifestyle.

Ann Dillon, a care assistant at Mallard Court, said: “Blanche is still very independent and active, regularly going out on trips with friends and family.”

John Reddington, a friend of Blanche’s from Friends of the Elderly, came from Norwich to visit on her momentous birthday.

“She is great fun and can be very cheeky. To reach 107 is some milestone but she’s showing no signs of slowing down yet.”

The oldest living woman in the UK is said to be Grace Adelaide Jones, 112, of Bermondsey in London.