100th birthday bash is a treat for Violet

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A QUIET but happy life has been had by 100-year-old Violet Greenlees, who celebrated her birthday last Tuesday.

Surrounded by her family, Violet enjoyed a party at The Farrier to mark her centenary.

The annual party is one Violet always looks forward to, as the family has gone out to lunch together on the Sunday closest to her birthday for more than 20 years.

She said: “I had a nice time, I enjoyed it.”

Born in East Street, Grantham, Violet was the youngest of eight children.

She can remember going to lessons at the church in Finkin Street during the war, and she later went on to attend National School.

As her father worked with horses on farms, the family moved to where work was available, and they ended up near Leicester.

But before long, Violet once again called Grantham home.

She brought up her daughters in Temperance Place, off Grantley Street. When the council declared Temperance Place was to be knocked down, the family was moved to Avon Close, where Violet still lives 48 years later.

She counts moving to the house as one of her most memorable experiences.

Daughter Dorothy Oxby recalled: “When someone says they’re going to knock down the house down that you’ve been living in all these years and where you’ve brought up your kids, it’s a shock.

“Mum hasn’t had an eventful life, or an easy life. She’s always kept herself to herself.

“In health, she has got better as she’s got older.”

Violet has always worked hard, holding various cleaning jobs and striving to bring up her children.

Reading is her greatest hobby, but above all she loves her family. She has nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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