Amazing Violet celebrates 106th birthday in Hartlepool

106 year old Violet Muers celebrates with family and friends.
106 year old Violet Muers celebrates with family and friends.

A REMARKABLE woman who remembers the Bombardment of Hartlepool has celebrated her 106th birthday.

Violet Muers marked the amazing milestone with a big family party in a Hartlepool bar at the weekend.

Violet is believed to be the oldest person in Hartlepool and one of the oldest in the whole of the North-East.

She received a card from the Queen on her birthday on Friday and celebrated with her huge brood at the Skyy Lounge in Avenue Road, on Saturday afternoon.

Violet, has held her birthday party at the trendy bar, which is owned by one of her grandchildren, for the last few years.

Daughter Mary Bishop said: “She is a remarkable woman. Mam still has all her faculties and still likes a little joke and a little drink of whiskey.

“She remembers a lot of things from when she was young.”

Until recently Violet, who had six daughters, lived in her own home with the support of her family.

But she now lives in Charlotte Grange residential care home in the town centre area after suffering a fall.

The staff there held a part for Violet on Friday.

Mary added: “They all love her and make a fuss of her.”

Violet, was recently interviewed about her memories of the bombardment of Hartlepool by Jeremy Paxman for a programme about the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

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

She has clear recollections of the bombardment when 118 people lost their lives when German ships opened fire on the town.

Violet married Harry, a rail worker, when she was 21 and they spent many happy years together until he died in 1981, aged 80.

The couple had six daughters, Lilly All106en, 84, Mary, 78, Norma Bage, 74, Violet Jeffreys, Eileen Wilkinson, 68, and Jean Brownlee.

Jean died when she was just 47 and Violet passed away two years ago aged 70.

Violet, who worked as a factory worker, has 15 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren with two more on the way.

Here’s some of the major events Violet has lived through in her 106 years...

• Violet was aged four when the Titanic sank in the Atlantic on April 14, 1912, costing 1,517 lives.

• 1914-18 – Violet was seven when the First World War started and remembers the German bombardment of Hartlepool.

• The roaring twenties which came to an end in 1929 with the Great Depression.

• 1926 – The invention of television by John Logie Baird.

• 1939 – Violet in her early 30s when the Second World War broke out.

• 1945 – The birth of the atom bomb used for the first time on Hiroshima ending the war in Japan killing tens of thousands of civilians.

• 1956 – Rock n roll became popular when Elvis Presley appeared on America’s Ed Sullivan Show.

• July 20, 1969 – Neil Armstrong becomes the first man on the Moon.