Dolly is 100!

  |  Published: Apr 25th 2014
waiting for the birthday girl to arrive

Dolly Saville reached a remarkable landmark when she turned 100 years old on Saturday 19 April 2014. The Red Lion went to town to celebrate the occasion and Fuller's even sent their director Richard Fuller to make sure she was honoured properly for her long service to The Red Lion and therefore to Wendover.

A party was held in her honour at The Red Lion, Wendover. Dolly was born in Eton in the South of Buckinghamshire a few months before the outbreak of World War I. Dolly has worked for over 75 years and during this time she has served behind the bar and has no problem adding up the orders or working out the change in her head. She has also turned her hand to the bedrooms, teas and reception work.

For more details of Dolly's early life click here . 

Everyone was invited to the Red Lion car park for an Easter Fair full of stalls to raise money for Dolly’s nominated charities. The Fuller’s dray horses, Griffin and Pride, got in on the action arriving nice and early in anticipation of Dolly's arrival, click here

To see Dolly arrive click here

Tim Cooper, MD of Dayla, was compere for the public event. In the 19th century his great great grandfather owned the pub and Dolly served at the reception there for his parents' wedding in 1948. He is a regular and has known Dolly all his life which seems quite short in comparison with hers! Click here

Richard Fuller, director of Fuller's Brewery, congratulated Dolly on her long service and gave her a present from Fuller's, click here

Andy Watts sang Hello Dolly and presented Dolly with 100 roses prepared by The Flower Gallery, click here

Tom Hunter-Watts, Mayor of Aylesbury, congratulated Dolly's family and the whole Wendover community for their support, click here 

Bob Duggan, chairman of Wendover Parish Council, presented her with the key of Wendover and a certificate for the Freedom of Wendover, click here

Martin Howard, Manager of The Red Lion, also congatulated Dolly on her star performance as a barmaid and colleague, click here.

He later 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 - particularly our own Sarah Mitchell." Click here.

The Polka Dolls entertained the crowd as Dolly left the stage, click here. Fuller's dray starting taking children on rides, click here.

Jackie Stewart, champion racing driver and local resident, therefore a local at the Red Lion, presented Dolly with a signed magnum of champagne and he forbad her to spray it everywhere!

Five generations of Dolly’s family came to a special party hosted by Fuller's inside the Red Lion, along with friends and colleagues.

Jane Bravey, Operations Manager for the Red Lion says: “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 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. Dolly loves is meeting people and sharing a joke when she is behind the bar. Over the years Dolly has shared a joke with famous faces including Pierce Brosnan, Dame Margot Fonteyn and Dame Vera Lynn.

Commenting on the day, 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.”

To see Gordon Findlay's video of the day click here.

To see the British Forces News coverage click here.

She's even famous in America, click here.

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