Vi’s special presentation for her 101st birthday

HAPPY Vi Strugnall is presented with flowers by Cllr Frank Jonas
HAPPY Vi Strugnall is presented with flowers by Cllr Frank Jonas
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THE Lord Mayor of Portsmouth presented a bouquet of flowers to a very special lady.

Vi Strugnall was handed the flowers by Cllr Frank Jonas as she celebrated her 101st birthday at the Patey Day Centre in Sundridge Close, Cosham.

Vi was born in Portsmouth and has lived in the city ever since.

Her parents used to run a local grocery shop and she attended Penhale Road School as a youngster.

Vi’s first job was in Handleys and during the Second World War she worked at the Labour Exchange in Gosport.

She used to attend Wesley Centre Church and enjoyed dressmaking and needlework.

Carol Elliott, services manager at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘Vi is a lovely lady and it’s a real privilege and pleasure to be able to sit and talk with her when she attends the day centre.

‘She has lots of friends to chat with and enjoys nothing better than getting engrossed in a complicated jigsaw puzzle.’

The Alzheimer’s Society is holding its annual memory walk along Southsea seafront on Saturday.

The walk starts at Castle Field, near the Pyramids Centre, and will go towards South Parade Pier and Canoe Lake.

The long walk follows the seafront towards Portsmouth Historic Dockyard before heading towards Victoria Park and finishing back in Southsea.

Anyone interested in more information or support on dementia can contact the local Alzheimer’s Society office on (023) 9280 2035. Or e-mail

To find out more about the memory walk, contact Natalie Bettinson from the charity on (023) 9282 1430 or e-mail