Oldest barmaid Dolly’s star turn alongside TV host Chris Evans

Dolly Saville has a hair-raising ride to The One Show studios with Chris Evans and  Alex Jones
Dolly Saville has a hair-raising ride to The One Show studios with Chris Evans and Alex Jones

A Wendover pensioner who at 99 is Britain’s oldest barmaid took a starring role in The One Show.

Dolly Saville, who has worked at The Red Lion Hotel in Wendover for 76 years told BBC presenters Alex Jones, Phil Tufnell and Chris Evans about her time at the pub, and why she loves the job so much.

Dolly Saville on The One Show

Dolly Saville on The One Show

She said: “The best thing about working here is meeting all the people and having a joke with them.

“I love it.”

At the start of the programme, which aired on Friday, Dolly was filmed enjoying a hair-raising classic car ride to the studio with Chris Evans.

A pre-recorded interview, which was filmed at the Wendover pub showed Dolly being interviewed by former England cricketer Phil Tufnell, and being the subject of a special painting by artist Carne Griffiths.

Mr Griffiths is famous for producing works of art using calligraphy ink and alcohol, and used Dolly’s favourite tipple, whiskey, to create a portrait of her which was unveiled in the pub.

The painting was also brought to the studio where Dolly gave an interview alongside Take Me Out star Paddy McGuinness.

As part of the chat Dolly spoke about how about meeting stars who have called into the pub for a pint.

In her years at the watering hole she has served scampi to ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn, and hobnobbed with the likes of England footballing legend Stanley Matthews and Hollywood actor Pierce Brosnan.

Dolly celebrates her 100th birthday on Saturday, and told how she used to play tricks on the RAF servicemen who asked her out on dates during the Second World War.

She said that she used to arrange to meet multiple airmen in different locations around Wendover on her Wednesday day off from the pub - but then left them waiting around the town.

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