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Croxley Green Royal British Legion member turns 100

 Published on: 25th February 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Croxley Green Royal British Legion (RBL) member celebrates her 100th birthday. 

During the RLB weekly tea dance on February 12, celebrations were in order to commemorate Violet Paice, known as Vi, 100th birthday. 

Approximately 52 people gathered to honour long-term member Vi, who was joined by her daughter Trish and son Stewart. 

On arrival, they were ushered to her usual table, which had been appropriately decorated, to the Cliff Richard song, Congratulations.

The chairman of the Women’s Section, Denise Coleman, welcomed Vi and her family and everyone raised a glass of bucks fizz to toast the momentous occasion.

Denise said: “Vi was really surprised at how many people turned up. The event went really well and possibly better than expected, as we weren’t sure if Vi would make it.

“When she was asked if she wanted to go home after half an hour she said no and stayed until the end. She was also serenaded by a very dapper chap who got her to sing with him.”

Speaking about the secret to her long life, Vi said: “I don’t know, I just have a sherry occasionally.”

Reverend Miriam Mugan, of All Saints Church, and the county padre for the RBL Women’s Section both made special guest appearances.

Lisa Kerry, pastoral care and families’ minster at the Baptist Church, said a prayer and gave grace before a special tea was served.

As well as regular tea dancers dancing their usual dances, information was read out about events, inventions, monarchs and Prime Ministers in the early years of Vi’s life.

Vi was presented with a birthday cake, flowers and birthday balloons with 100th birthday written on them.

Vi Paice has been a member of the Women’s Section for at least 65 years and is currently the president of the Women’s Section.

Before moving to Croxley Green, Vi played an active part during the Second World War when she underwent training and became an engineer for search lights.

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