Tattooed Firemen Join Woman's 105th Birthday Party

| by Michael Howard
Ivena Smailes requested firefighters for her 105th birthday partyIvena Smailes requested firefighters for her 105th birthday party

An elderly British woman's birthday wish came true when a firefighter delivered her cake through the window of her third-floor apartment.

Ivena Smailes, who just turned 105, is known for her sense of humor and unconventional birthday requests.

"On her bucket list this year she wanted a cake delivered by a fireman with tattoos," Debra Carter, who works at the retirement home where Smailes lives, told the Chronicle Live. "We’ve managed to find one and the fire brigade have been fantastic about it; they were arguing over who was going to climb the ladder and deliver it to her.”

The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service leapt at the opportunity to fulfill Smailes' wish.

"When the care home contacted us with the request to deliver Ivena's 105th birthday cake we were only too happy to help her celebrate this momentous occasion," group manager Dave Escott said. "We hope she had a lovely day and wish her all the best."

To hear Smailes tell it, the firefighters more than rose to the occasion.

"It was great!" she told ABC News. "Out of this world."

In addition to the firefighters, the party included 40 of Smailes' friends and family, as well as dancers and singers who performed songs by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Al Johnson.

"She had a ball," Carter said. She loved it. She's already said that next year she wants to meet Prince Harry."

The 105-year-old, who refuses to have a TV or telephone in her room, is known around the village as "Aunt Ivy," although her looks and personality seem to contradict her age.

"No one would believe she's 105," Carter told the Chronicle Live. "She doesn’t look it and she's got a fantastic sense of [humor]. She even had her first selfie today to celebrate."

Sources: Chronicle Live, ABC News / Photo Credit: Chronicle Live, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service via ABC News

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