Royal Star and Garter resident, who grew up in Putney, marks 100th birthday

Big smiles: Violet Butler grew up in Putney

Big smiles: Violet Butler grew up in Putney

First published in News Wandsworth Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A Royal Star and Garter resident will be showing everyone who is boss after celebrating her 100th birthday.

Violet Butler, who grew up in Putney, was joined by family, friends, residents, staff and volunteers for a special party on Monday, August 11.

As guests enjoyed champagne, a cream tea and big cake, a magician showed off his best tricks as he mingled with partygoers.

Mrs Butler, known as Vi, lost her husband William in the Second World War and has resided at Royal Star and Garter since 2011.

After meeting her husband, fondly known as Big Ben due to his height, the couple married in 1938 and had two children; Colin and Bruce.

Ben was called up and sent to France in 1940 and w as involved in the D-Day landings in 1944.

His body was discovered on June 19, 1944, two weeks after the D-Day landings, and was buried at Tilly-sur-Seulles where Vi has visited several times.

Speaking of how she felt to reach the milestone, Mrs Butler said: "I can’t believe that I’m going to be 100 years old. I’ve told all the ladies on my dining table that I’m the boss now."

Heather Robinson, activities and welfare manager at the Royal Star and Garter Homes, said: "Vi is wonderful and is loved by everyone. She’s so interested in everything and is immensely charming to chat to. You can feel her wealth of experience and her warmth when you talk with her."

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