World’s oldest barmaid passes away aged 100

Dolly Saville at her 100th birthday party
Dolly Saville at her 100th birthday party
  • Dolly Saville started her first job working behind the bar in 1940.

The world’s oldest barmaid Dolly Saville, who pulled pints at the Red Lion in Wendover for 74 years, sadly passed away on Tuesday(24 February).

Mrs Saville, who celebrated her landmark birthday in April last year, moved to Wendover with her family aged three and first started her job behind the bar in 1940, when a pint cost a mere eight pence.

The great-great grandmother was labelled a ‘national treasure’ by the pub’s staff and the whole village came together last year to celebrate her 100th birthday in style with a party.

Jonathon Swaine, managing director of Fuller’s Inns which owns The Red Lion, said: “We can confirm that Dolly Saville, long serving barmaid at the Red Lion in Wendover, has sadly passed away at the remarkable age of 100 years.

“We are all saddened by this news – she was not only a popular team member but a huge part of the community within Wendover and a true asset to the Red Lion and Fuller’s alike.

“We were delighted that we had the chance to celebrate her 100th birthday last year with a special celebration at the Red Lion.

“Our thoughts are with Dolly’s family, her colleagues and indeed her faithful customers at this difficult time.”

In her lifetime Mrs Saville lived through two world wars, saw two monarchs take the throne and 14 Prime Ministers voted into Parliament.

During her years working in the Red Lion, Mrs Saville shared jokes with famous faces including actor Pierce Brosnan, former Prime Minister Ted Heath, Dame Margot Fonteyn, footballer Sir Stanley Matthews and Dame Vera Lynn.

Last year she appeared on the BBC’s The One Show with Chris Evans and Alex Jones.

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More: How the world has changed since world’s oldest barmaid pulled her first pint, April 2014.