Lively Vi celebrates centenary

All smiles for a big celebration: Violet Shipley partied at her Nettleton home with fellow residents and relatives to mark her 100th birthday.
All smiles for a big celebration: Violet Shipley partied at her Nettleton home with fellow residents and relatives to mark her 100th birthday.
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HARD work and a diet of fish is the secret to a long life.

So says Violet Shipley, who celebrated her 100th birthday with an informal tea party for her fellow residents and relatives at Nettleton Manor Care Home last weekend.

And when it was mentioned she was born just before The Titanic sank, Violet answered – in her own inimitable way: “Well it wasn’t my fault it went down.”

“Vi is very lively and is always happy and smiling,” said activities co-ordinator Karen Spittle.

“She is fabulous and a great inspiration to us all.”

Violet moved to Nettleton Manor in August 2007, having previously lived in the Rasen area.

But she was born in the West London area of Hanwell and described her family – with three brothers and a sister – as a happy one.

Before she married, Violet worked in service for two or three years – a time she says she enjoyed.

She then continued to live in the south, raising her three children.

Later on, Violet ran a restaurant, working long hours.

“It was hard work,” she said, “but I would gladly go back – they were happy days.”

And her happy days continue now, with regular outings to Brigg Garden Centre, which she enjoys.

Violet is also very fashion conscious and, like many women, loves handbags and shoes.

“I have to be careful now though and remember how old I am,” she said.

“I have good and bad days. Sometimes I feel old and other days I don’t.

“But now if I have worries, I just forget them. I should have done that years ago.”