HOUSING HARTLEPOOL’S OLDEST TENANT WELCOMES HOME IMPROVEMENTS
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Housing Hartlepool’s oldest tenant, 102-year-old Violet Meurs, has witnessed many changes over the years as to what are classed as the latest mod cons.
When Mrs Meurs, who has lived in her current home in the town’s Rossmere estate for 38 years, was first married she had to black lead the old fashioned range, which was used for both heating and cooking.
She is particularly delighted with the latest modernisations Housing Hartlepool has carried out to her home, which included installing a new gas central heating boiler and electric fire suite.
Mrs Meurs, who has lived through two World Wars and is a mother to five daughters, and more than 30 grandchildren and great children, said that the small amount of disruption while having the work carried out more than made up for the lovely new fire and surround.
She praised the workmen who carried out the improvement and the Housing Hartlepool Investment Team, who ensured the work went to plan.
Jacquie Mason, Housing Hartlepool’s Customer Relations Manager, said: “It was a pleasure to meet Mrs Meurs, a really sprightly lady, who takes particular pride in her home.
“We are, therefore, delighted that she loves the most recent modernisation work that has been carried out by Housing Hartlepool. The new fire is a world away from the range she had to deal with when she was first married.
“She also let me into her secret of a long life – and that is that she likes a tot of whiskey in her tea each morning!”
CONTACT: Helen Logan on 01325 363436
Notes to editors: Housing Hartlepool is the largest housing association in Hartlepool.
It was set up in March 2004 to take over the ownership and management of the Council's rented housing stock following a positive ballot by tenants. It is a not for profit charitable organisation.
Housing Hartlepool is run by a voluntary board that consists of four tenant members, four council nominees and four independent people.
The company manages 7,000 properties throughout the Hartlepool area and surrounding villages. These range from five-bedroom family houses to flats for single people. In addition there is a wide range of bungalows and sheltered housing complexes for the elderly.
In addition to its core landlord role Housing Hartlepool is also the main housing regeneration agent in the town and is developing much needed affordable homes in the area.
For more information, go to: www.housinghartlepool.org.uk
Violet Meurs makes herself at home in front of her new fire