Milestone party for Violet, 105

Violet Muers (front, centre) with family members at the celebration
Violet Muers (front, centre) with family members at the celebration
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YOUNG at heart Violet Muers celebrated her 105th birthday with a huge family party in a trendy bar.

Sprightly Violet, who is believed by her family to be Hartlepool’s oldest resident, lived it up at the Skyy Lounge in the town centre.

Violet was surrounded by around 60 members of her family, some of whom at traveled from London to help Violet celebrate the amazing milestone.

She said: “I feel champion,” and revealed the secret to her longevity is “a drop of whisky in my tea on the morning, and I like a good laugh.”

Violet, who had six daughters, has 15 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Daughter Mary Bishop said: “We think she’s wonderful, remarkable. We can’t get over how well she is for her age.

“She is the best mum in the world.”

Another daughter, Eileen Wilkinson, added: “We think she’s amazing.”

Violet was born on October 4, 1907 and spent her early years living in Hope Street in the town.

She has clear recollections of the bombardment of Hartlepool during the First World War in 1914 when 118 people lost their lives.

Violet met her husband, Harry, a rail worker, when she was 21 and spent most of her life with him until he died in 1981, aged 80.

She was a factory worker throughout her life and brought up her daughters Lily Allen, 83, Mary, 77, Norma Bage, 73, Violet Jeffreys, Eileen Wilkinson, 67, and Jean Brownlee.

Jean sadly died when she was just 47 and Violet passed away last year, aged 70.

Saturday’s party at the Skyy Lounge, which is owned by one of Violet’s grandchildren, was a huge success.

Mary said: “Everyone enjoyed themselves, but I think there was a few sore heads the next morning.”