‘True Blue’ Vi Savage celebrates 100th birthday
Vi Savage, a grandmother from Newton Heath, decided to celebrate her 100th birthday with a special lunch and day out with her family at the weekend, which included her nephew Fred Davies and 77-year-old son Jim – who jetted in from Australia.
Having supported City for over 80 years, Vi and her family thought that it would be a great idea to go to the quarter-final of the FA Cup against Wigan on Sunday, as part of her milestone 100th birthday celebrations.
Despite the disappointing result, she said that she had a lovely day.
The club presented her with a bottle of champagne upon arrival, and former City players Joe Corrigan and Peter Barnes congratulated her on her milestone birthday.
Vi’s son Jim had this to say to the Manchester Evening News: “The way we were treated was great. They absolutely looked after us tremendously.
“There must have been about 200 or 300 people in the restaurant and they all rose on their feet so she got a standing ovation.”
But going to the match wasn’t the only celebration – the family had arranged a party at the Church Inn on Gaskell Street, which was packed out with well-wishers and Vi received over 130 cards.
She said: “All in all it’s been a bit hectic.”
Vi, whose husband died 42 years ago, has lived in Newton Heath all her life – moving just three miles in that time.
She moved from Droylsden Road to Queen’s Street, now called Queensferry Street.
She still enjoys singing and dancing at the local pubs. Her son said to the MEN: “She’s really very well-known.”
Jim thinks his mother’s long life is down to looking after herself and eating healthily, but Vi is not so sure.
“The secret is I have been a widow for 42 years,” she joked.
Vi met her husband, Alf, when they were both working in Lewis’s in Manchester city centre, the building is now Primark.
She went on to work in the fashion industry up until her seventies, because she enjoyed it so much.
Now Vi has the chance to relax after all the excitement and to spend some time with her son, who has come back to visit Manchester for the first time in 28 years.