March 11 2014 Latest news:
Donna-Louise Bishop, Reporter
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Together they make up more than 450 years between them but this Valentine’s Day they had something extra to celebrate - their only sister’s 100th birthday.
Vera Dyball celebrated her special day on February 14 with her four brothers - Colin Wicks, 84, Neville Wicks, 97, Norman Wicks, 90, and Peter Wicks, 86 - at a party in Aylsham.
She is the first one of the siblings to turn 100 and said she could not quite believe that was her age.
Her daughter Gloria Wilson-Law, 77, helped to organise the birthday party last Friday at the Aylsham Motel, off Norwich Road, which saw 79 of Mrs Dyball’s nearest and dearest join in with the celebrations.
She said: “We had a sit down meal and it was lovely. When I walked into the room I cried as everything looked perfect and better than I had even imagined.
“We had balloons with a lovely photo of her smiling.
“Mum still can’t believe she is 100 though and kept asking why all of her cards say ‘100’ on them.”
Mrs Dyball was born in Anchor Street, Coltishall, during the year when the First World War began and has seen a lot of changes.
She used to be part of the girl guides but after an early trip with them she decided she did not like the outdoors and did not to go on any future trips with them.
Mrs Wilson-Law said: “She loves gardening but on the whole she is very much a indoors person.”
She met her husband Sonny when she was just 16 years old and they married soon after on April 8, 1930.
Mr Dyball spent a lot of time abroad during the war and when he returned home the couple ran a butcher’s shop from the front lawn of their home in Millgate, Aylsham, before he retired at the age of 62.
Mr Dyball died after he turned 73. Mrs Dyball and her daughter still live on the same street today.
Mrs Wilson-Law added: “They use to teach dancing together when they were married. He was two years older than my mum and they were just like two peas in a pod - she still talks about him now.”
And when asked the secret to her longevity Mrs Dyball said she can not really believe that she is a 100 years old. She is thrilled with her card from the Queen though and said she looked “very beautiful” in the photograph.
Mrs Dyball also had another brother, Reggie, who passed away “a few years ago”.