Violet and Doris celebrate 101 together

Doris Edwards (left), and Violet Grant who are both turning 101 years old this month enjoy a cuppa together at their rest home in Horndean.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13276-2)
Doris Edwards (left), and Violet Grant who are both turning 101 years old this month enjoy a cuppa together at their rest home in Horndean.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13276-2)
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They were both born in February 1912, grew up in Portsmouth and lived in the city for most of their lives.

But it’s only in recent years that 101-year-olds Violet Grant and Doris Edwards have met and become friends.

The ladies enjoy spending time in each other’s company at their Horndean care home, Wisteria Lodge, and are pleased to be celebrating their 101st birthdays in the same month.

Violet is the eldest, having marked her grand age this weekend.

She celebrated with lunch at Stansted Park with son Raymond and his family.

She was very proud to have reached 101 but said she missed her husband John who died a few years ago. ‘It’s wonderful but I get very sad about John. It’s still very difficult.’

But Violet said she was thankful for her family and pleased to be spending her special day with them.

She has had a very busy life, running a boarding house and bed and breakfast in Stubbington Avenue, Portsmouth.

Doris, who celebrates her birthday on February 14, also made her mark in the city. She and husband Arthur were both magistrates.

She has many stories to tell from her years behind the bench and sometimes entertains the staff and her fellow residents with them.

She recalls husband Arthur reprimanding a man for non-payment of rates and giving him a last chance because he was so short of money. Arthur and Doris then decided to watch a game at Fratton Park and spotted the man cheering his team, having forked out for a ticket. ‘He ran off when he saw us,’ she says.