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Lively and sociable Violet marks her centenary in Bury St Edmunds




It was party time at Beetons Lodge, in Bury St Edmunds, as one resident celebrated her 100th birthday.

Centenarian Violet Gorham marked her milestone with a surprise party at Beetons Lodge, before heading for a break in Corton with daughter Marian Cocksedge this week.

Born in Victoria, London, Violet left school at 14 for a tailoring apprenticeship at Harrods. While there, she worked on the wedding gown when Princess Marina married the Duke of Kent in 1934.

Violet turning 100.Beetons Lodge, Beetons Way, Bury Saint Edmunds.Violet Gorham is turning 100 on August 5th. Picture by Mark Westley. (14909597)
Violet turning 100.Beetons Lodge, Beetons Way, Bury Saint Edmunds.Violet Gorham is turning 100 on August 5th. Picture by Mark Westley. (14909597)

In 1941 she was called up for national service and was sent to a munitions factory in Birmingham. She then joined the WAAF, repairing and repacking parachutes.

Violet met her husband Ben and when he was de-mobbed they went to live in Ipswich.

The couple later ran The Magpie, in Stonham, for 13 years and The Greyhound, in Claydon, for 13 years.

In 1972, they retired and moved to Bramford. Ben died in 1986 and in 1994 Violet moved to Bury to be closer to Marion. She has lived at Beetons Lodge since she was 83.

Marion said: "She's a fit and lively creature and very sociable, but unfortunately mobility-wise she only walks with a frame now. She did have a mobility scooter for a while but kept running people over. She never passed her driving test, which I think might have helped."

Violet still plays bingo and cards regularly and enjoys holidays with Marion, cruising the world together into her 90s.



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