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4 Jan 2016
Representatives from Tees Valley Housing – part of the Thirteen Group – paid a visit to a tenant to mark her 38th year in her home.
The visit comes as Tees Valley Housing acknowledges 27 tenants who have been in their homes for a combined 675 years.
Martin Hawthorne, Thirteen’s Director of Development and Regeneration, and Clare Brayson, Chair of Tees Valley Housing visited Vera Loynes in her home in Hartlepool to present her with flowers to celebrate her time in her property.
Mrs Loynes moved into her two bedroom ground floor flat with her husband on 1 September 1977, and she’s now well into her fourth decade living in the property in Warren Close.
Mrs Loynes has raised four children, nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild with another on the way in January. Tees Valley Housing has updated all the major fixtures and fittings and the property is due to have its central heating, kitchen and bathroom updated in April.
Mrs Loynes, 83, who worked in a factory just before her retirement, said: “I know I’ve lived in the block longer than anyone else and I’ve been really happy here. So much has happened in this flat and we’ve certainly had some experiences!
“I’ve felt well supported by the staff at the housing company and they’ve been good with me. A lot’s changed in the area and it’s nice to live here as the gardens outside have been tidied up a lot and it’s very pleasant.
“We’ve had a really happy time in our home and I’m looking forward to many more happy times here.”
During her 38 years in the area Mrs Loynes said that she has built up lots of friendships with people in the area, and when she goes out is happy bumping into people for a chat.
Martin Hawthorne, Thirteen’s Director of Development and Regeneration said: “We have many long-term customers right across the Thirteen Group, but Mrs Loynes is one of those who have lived in Tees Valley Housing’s properties the longest.
“It’s always pleasing to see how we’ve been able to support people to live happily in their homes for so many years and I hope that we can continue to support Mrs Loynes to have many more happy years in her home.”
Clare Brayson, Chair of Tees Valley Housing added: “Thirty eight years living in the same neighbourhood is a real achievement - there must have been so many changes in the area over that time. It’s been a real pleasure to meet Mrs Loynes and I congratulate and thank her for her time as a Tees Valley Housing customer.”