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Lincolnshire’s oldest resident celebrates 111th birthday in Spalding tomorrow

Much-loved resident Violet Davies-Evans celebrates her 111th birthday at Ashwood Nursing & Care Home in Spalding tomorrow (Saturday).

Violet, Lincolnshire’s oldest resident and seventh oldest person in the UK celebrated with her family and staff at the care home.

Staff and residents at the nursing home will help Violet celebrate the milestone birthday with cake and flowers. She will be joined by members of her family who will travel from across the UK to spend the day with her.

Violet Davies-Evans pictured on her 109th birthday. (8150722)
Violet Davies-Evans pictured on her 109th birthday. (8150722)

Violet was born in Sutterton on March 30, 1912. Five months later Henry Ford's company built the first Model T car, later that year Albert Einstein presented his quantum theory of light and the world's first horror movie, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde premiered.

Actress Bette Davis, cricketer Don Bradman and 36th US president Lyndon B.Johnson were also born in 1908, when Edward VII was King and Herbert Asquith wasPrime Minister.

Violet was the third child of what was to be a family of four sisters and a brother, Violet was brought up in Spalding. After leaving school, she started work at Pennington’s before moving to Birmingham as a beautician at Marshall and Snelgroves. In the thirties she moved to London to work for Elizabeth Arden as a beauty specialist, advising many influential clients on how to make the best of themselves.

Actress Bette Davis, cricketer Don Bradman and 36th US president Lyndon B.Johnson were also born in 1908

Violet was married to Hubert in 1938 and, though they would have liked to have a family, that was not to be. At the outbreak of war, Elizabeth Arden herself offered Violet a job in America but she chose to stay in London. As well as her day job working as a PA to Christopher Hinton (Baron Hinton of Bankside) in the Ministry of Supply, she was regularly to be found fire-watching on the roofs of the capital.

After the war Violet, her husband and two dogs moved to Oxfordshire where he became the very charismatic head of a school in a large hospital. They enjoyed a busy social life, entertaining friends and she was able to demonstrate her wide range of cooking skills as well as the love her of antiques, painting and tapestry work.

Sadly, soon after his retirement in 1975, her husband died and, having too large a property to look after on her own, she moved back to Lincolnshire, sharing a house in Osbournby with her also widowed sister, May, and getting fully involved in village life including the WI.

After the death of her sister she moved back to Spalding where she lived independently until 2014 when she decided that she needed more care and moved into Ashwood Nursing and Care Home.

The oldest person in the UK is Grace Catherine Jones, of Worcestershire, who was 112 in September. The area's next oldest person is Betty Noble, of Bourne, who was 107 in September.

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