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Britain’s oldest barmaid celebrates 100th birthday in style and vows: ‘I’ll still be serving pints at 101’

Dolly Saville at her 100th birthday party

Dolly Saville at her 100th birthday party

Britain’s oldest barmaid vowed to still be serving pints this time next year as Prime Minister David Cameron and racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart helped her celebrate her 100th birthday.

A party was held in Dolly Saville’s honour at The Red Lion, Wendover, where she has worked for 74 years.

To celebrate the momentous occasion, the pub hosted a party with five generations of Dolly’s family attending, along with locals, friends and colleagues.

The day was full of stalls to raise money for Dolly’s nominated charities and the Fuller’s dray horses, Griffin and Pride, got in on the action, providing children with trips around the village.

Martin Howard, manager of The Red Lion, said: “There were lots of surprises for Dolly including a beautiful birthday cake designed and made by the chocolate company Choccywoccydoodah, 100 roses, various presents and even a letter from the Prime minister.

“Everyone worked so hard to make the day special for Dolly and her family – even Sir Jackie Stewart, the motor racing legend, arrived with a signed magnum of Champagne.”

Dolly said: “I’m overwhelmed at all of this. I’ve no idea what you will do next year – but I will still be here and I’ll still be working.”

Jane Bravey, operations manager for the Red Lion added: “Dolly is a fantastic asset to Fuller’s and The Red Lion and we are incredibly proud to have such a dedicated member of staff and friend in Dolly.

“She likes to do a good job and keep busy so she continues to work three shifts a week. If you have lunch at The Red Lion, she may well serve you so please say hello.

“She is a truly amazing lady and, in our eyes, a national treasure.”

When Dolly started at the pub in 1940 a pint cost a mere eight pence and London Pride wasn’t on the bar until 1959.

Dolly has seen two monarchs take the throne and 14 Prime Ministers in Parliament.

Over the years Dolly has shared a joke with famous faces including Pierce Brosnan, Dame Margot Fonteyn and Dame Vera Lynn.

 

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