Sixty years in same north Hull council house
Enid Savill has lived in her north Hull council house for 60 years.
The 73-year-old moved into Marton Grove with her parents and brother on Bonfire Night 1949 and has stayed ever since.
PART OF THE FURNITURE: Enid Savill relaxes at home with a cup of tea.
Council officials believe Miss Savill is one of their longest standing tenants.
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She still clearly remembers the joy of receiving the news the family was moving to Marton Grove.
Miss Savill told the Mail: "Mam had said if there's a lilac tree and roses in the garden, cream paint in the hall – I'll have it.
"It had all three so we off we went.
"I've had really happy times and lots of memories.
"The area has changed but people still look out for each other.
"There are a lot more young people and single mothers but we all get on.
"I wouldn't even think about moving - unless I won the lottery and could design a place of my own."
When Miss Savill moved in, the average council rent was just ten shillings (50p) a week.
Now the average is around £58.
Miss Savill's family paid an extra sixpence (21p) for a smart tiled fireplace, instead of a big old fashioned range.
Since then, she has seen many changes to her home, right up to last month when the council renovated her kitchen, fitted a new central heating system and made other improvements.
The only time Miss Savill moved out was in 1972, when Hull's council housing went through a major modernisation programme and the old pantry was knocked down to make way for a bigger kitchen. Gas central heating was installed.
When the windows were double-glazed a few years later, Miss Savill stayed in the house while the work was done.
For Miss Savill, the house is a lifetime home.
She can still get around easily and has had a battery powered seat to help her in and out of the bath has been fitted by the council's housing service.
She said: "I've always been happy in this house and feel lucky to have been able to live in the same place for so long.
"I've got good neighbours and get a good service from the local housing team."
Councillor Mike Ross, portfolio holder for housing management, said: "It is remarkable to have lived in the same home for so long.
"It would be interesting to know whether we have any other tenants who have lived in the same home for longer."
Anyone who has lived in their council house longer than Miss Savill can call the Mail's Keir Mudie on (01482) 315359.