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Horsham St Faith resident Violet Britcher, great grandmother and life-long Canaries supporter, celebrates her 100th birthday surrounded by friends at The Warren, Horsham St Faith. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY
By DAVID BALE
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Life-long Norwich City fan Violet Britcher celebrated her 100th birthday at a surprise party and is now looking forward to watching her beloved Canaries play Arsenal at Carrow Road a week today.
Mrs Britcher, a former season ticket holder, still listens to the commentary on Norwich City games on BBC Radio Norfolk and her family has bought her a ticket for the Premier League clash against The Gunners.
The centenarian and her 97-year-old sister, Evelyn Rogers, first went to see Norwich City play at The Nest, the club’s ground before they moved to Carrow Road, in the 1930s, when they were both in their teens.
Her sister was also at Thursday’sparty at the Warren sheltered housing scheme in Horsham St Faith, near Norwich, which was organised by friends and family and was held four days after Mrs Britcher’s 100th birthday on October 7.
Mrs Britcher, who lives in her own bungalow and cooks and looks after herself at The Warren, said she could not remember the first time she saw Norwich City play.
But she added: “I do remember the 1959 FA Cup run well. We went to Sheffield to watch the team play during that run. I started supporting Norwich because my brothers were football-mad, and it just carried on from there.”
One of 11 children, she was born in Horsford, near Norwich, and the two sisters are the only siblings still alive.
Another sister, Dolly, who used to accompany them to see Norwich play died when she was 89.
Mrs Britcher’s two sons, Peter and Paul, who were at the celebration, said that the sisters also used to go to away games to watch the Canaries, which would have been quite unusual for girls and women at the time.
After attending school in Horsford, the 100-year-old was in service for a long time and worked as a parlour maid.
She married in 1937 and moved with her husband, Charles, to live in Horsham where she has lived ever since.
She has two sons, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The Warren, which is managed by Circle Support, offers support services for older people to enable them to maintain an independent lifestyle.