Happy 110th birthday to Lynn woman Vi

Birthday for Francis Violet Malin ( Vi ) celebrating he 110th birthday. ANL-160323-164007009

Birthday for Francis Violet Malin ( Vi ) celebrating he 110th birthday. ANL-160323-164007009

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Lynn’s oldest resident has celebrated turning the grand old age of 110 earlier this week.

Frances Malin, known as Vi, is now the 13th oldest person in the country after reaching her milestone birthday on Wednesday.

Keen Sheffield Wednesday fan Mrs Malin remembers watching the German Zeppelin bombers flying overhead and starving during the First World War.

Mrs Malin was surrounded by her proud family at a party in Lisbon Court.

Mrs Malin said “I haven’t got a secret for a long life. I tell people that the years just come and go.

“I’ve always had good health but didn’t think I would live to be this age.”

Mrs Malin was born on March 23, 1906, in Ipswich to George and Hannah Lloyd.

When she was six, the family moved to March but headed up to Sheffield where her father was a pub landlord.

Mrs Malin said: “I remember a bit of the First World War. We were in the backyard when the German Zeppelins were going past as they were bombing Sheffield.

“We were starving. There was no food in the country. We just had to live on what we could find.”

At the age of 14, Mrs Malin left school and got a job in the Sheffield Steelworks.

She met her husband John, known as Jack, when she was 18 and he was 19. They were together for seven years before tying the knot on September 26, 1931.

But when the Second World War broke out the couple were separated for four years. Mrs Malin worked in a shoe shop and was as debt collector.

But when her husband returned and got a job with the trams Mrs Malin gave up work in 1946.

But tragedy struck in 1952 when her parents George and Hannah perished when the devastating floods on January 31 hit their home in Winfarthing Avenue in South Lynn. She said: “That was the worst moment of my life.”

Mrs Malin, who enjoyed crochet and belonged to an operatic society, still continues to follow Sheffield Wednesday who she supported with her husband. Mrs Malin, who lost her husband in 1993, said: “I love football and have it on the telly.”

Her nephew Kevin Lloyd said: “The whole family are proud so proud of aunty. She has always been the matriarch of the family and a favourite aunty.”