Lady of the lamp reaches 100
GREAT-great-grandmother Dora Veasey has turned 100 years old.
Mrs Veasey was born on Batts Farm, Bruton, where her father Herbert Miller was a farmer. She was privately educated at the Miss Miller School where she stayed on until 18 helping to teach the younger children.
She worked on the farm too, rearing and milking cows and feeding chickens. She was so attached to the animals that she became a life-long vegetarian.
Her husband Gilbert was also a farmer in Batcombe. The couple had two children, Leslie and Valerie.
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They moved to Manor Farm, Upton Noble, and then to Wallmead Farm, Timsbury, where Mr Veasey was farm manager. He died aged 47 and Mrs Veasey moved to a cottage in Buckland Dinham and then to Wiltshire Barton, Frome, where she lives now.
She is known to family and friends as "Tilly" because of the Tilly lamp she used to light her way when she fed chickens at night.
She has a granddaughter Carol, great-grandchildren Gemma and Jason and great-great-grandson Oliver, four. To celebrate her birthday a party is being thrown in the community rooms at Wiltshire Barton.