A healthy diet, regular exercise, living in Bexhill and a tipple of sherry is the secret to a long life says one of the town’s oldest residents.
Violet Lyell turned 102 on December 11 last year, and though halfway to her 103rd birthday she still lives life to the full.
Not only does Violet live in her own immaculate sheltered housing flat in Bexhill, she cleans, cooks, goes for regular walks and cares for herself. One of Violet’s nieces, Ileen Sandy, said her aunt is a true inspiration. “The family are all very proud of her. She is still capable of living on her own and does all her own cooking. She always likes to look smart and is very fussy about her clothes and every Friday she has her hair styled by a visiting hairdresser.”
One of eleven children, Violet was born in Little Common in 1911. She left school at 14 and went into service. In 1937 she married Tom Lyell; he worked at Fleet Street before departing for Burma in WWII. The couple subsequently moved back to Bexhill and Violet is testament to the belief that the town is a healthy place to live. She said: “So many people say Bexhill is a healthy town so it must be true. I’ve always had good health and most days I go for a little walk to the local shop or to visit my sister and I like to go into town with my nieces when the weather is permissible.”
Violet has a four wheel- trolley that she likes to call her ‘bike’ to help her get about She says exercise, diet and sherry keeps the doctor away. She said: “I have a very healthy diet, and eat anything that’s good - plenty of veg, salads, fish and a Sunday joint.
“ I also have sweet cream sherry - that is what’s keeping me going I think!”