Manchester United fan celebrates her 100th birthday with a host of special events

PUBLISHED: 13:22 15 September 2009 | UPDATED: 09:16 02 June 2010

100 year old Phyllys
 Evans of Wisbech with daughters L2r Susan Evison and Christine Venni who flew in from Australia

100 year old Phyllys Evans of Wisbech with daughters L2r Susan Evison and Christine Venni who flew in from Australia

CENTENARIAN Phyllis Evans was treated like a VIP on Saturday for her special birthday and the keen Manchester United fan is celebrating her 100th year at the same time as the club s Old Trafford ground First stop for Manchester born Mrs Evans was VIP Hai


VIP Hair  in Walsoken celebrated the 100th birthday of its oldest client, Mrs Phyllis Evans, who also lives in the village, on Saturday 12 September when she visited the salon with her daughter, Susan, prior to her birthday party at Mendi's, in Wisbech. Everyone in the salon sang "Happy Birthday" as Mrs Evans blew out the candle on a birthday cake to mark the special occasion. Salon owner, Linda Pepper, introduced Mrs Evans to the salon's youngest client, Master William Burgess, aged fourteen months, from Walpole St Andrew, who has regularly had a trim when accompanying his father Phil to the salon . Linda said, "It was wonderful to see the two of them together. Mrs Evans has always been a popular regular visitor to the salon and we have often talked about her reaching her centenary from soon after she had  her 90th birthday party". On meeting William, Mrs Evans said," He has got a long way to go to catch up to me!". William said, "Dad-Dad-Dad-Dad".


Editor's notes:

   1. VIP Hair is a hairdressing salon in Kirkgate Street, Walsoken.
   2. It has a wide range of clients from .... 14 months to 100 years!(with many in between)
   3. Its serves clients not only from the Wisbech area but from West Norfolk, Norwich, Peterborough and London.
   4. Linda Pepper (the salon owner) lives in Terrington St Clement and worked in King's Lynn between 1984 and 1996.
   5. For further details please contact Linda Pepper at the salon on
01945 584626
   6. The photographs show from left: Mrs Evans, Linda Pepper, Phil Burgess, with William Burgess on his knee.

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CENTENARIAN Phyllis Evans was treated like a VIP on Saturday for her special birthday and the keen Manchester United fan is celebrating her 100th year at the same time as the club's Old Trafford ground

First stop for Manchester born Mrs Evans was VIP Hair in Walsoken where everyone sang Happy Birthday as she blew out the candle on a birthday cake to mark the big day.

Salon owner Linda Pepper introduced Mrs Evans to the salon's youngest client, William Burgess aged just 14 months.

Linda said: "It was wonderful to see the two of them together. Mrs Evans has always been a popular visitor to the salon and we have often talked about her reaching her centenary from soon after she had her 90th birthday party."

Then it was on to Mendis in Wisbech for a party with family and friends who had travelled from as far afield as Australia, Manchester and Gorleston to help Mrs Evans celebrate.

Daughter Christine Venni came from Australia where she has lived since 1968 especially for the occasion. Her other daughter Susan Evison said: "Mum thoroughly enjoyed her party and having the chance to chat and talk over old times with people."

Mrs Evans met her husband George in Manchester during wartime. The couple married and came back to live in Wisbech where George came from. George died in 1986.

Mrs Evans worked at Orchard Products and later Padleys until her retirement aged 60.

She lives independently at her home in Holmes Drive, Wisbech, with help from her family. She also attends the St Augustine's Care Club where she enjoys meeting others.

Mrs Evison said: "She has a marvellous long term memory and can talk about the war and other things as if it was yesterday. She was born within site of the Manchester United football ground and is still a keen supporter of the team.


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