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Neighbours celebrate Violet in Larches turning 101

Posted on - 28th March, 2024 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, History, Larches, People, Preston News, Proud Preston
Violet Fortt celebrating her day. Pic: Emma Caffrey
Violet Fortt celebrating her big day. Pic: Emma Caffrey

The Community Hub at Larches held a milestone birthday celebration.

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Around 20 local residents got together to celebrate Violet Fortt’s 101st birthday, with balloons, cake and party food.

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Violet is an ex-seamstress from Ashton-on-Ribble, well-known for being the runner-up in the Pride of Britain Regional Fundraiser of the Year Awards.

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Violet’s 101st birthday. Pic: Emma Caffrey

Violet was nominated for making over 1,200 poppies, raising more than £5,000 for the Royal British Legion, who honoured her with a long service award.

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She started fundraising for the charity to help servicemen and woman, after her late husband, Dalton returned from World War II very sick, only weighing six stone.

Violet was also a victim of the war herself, injured during a bomb explosion but this did not stop her.

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Violet also used to be a treasurer at the former St Bernard’s Church, which is now the community hub at Larches, where she was in charge of the bingo.

Violet said: “It’s lovely to see what Emma and Luke (who opened the hub) have built up for the community.”

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