Doris celebrates her century in fine style

Doris May Dyson 100th Birthday
Doris May Dyson 100th Birthday

Taking in the sea air has helped keep 100 year old Doris May Dyson sharp and sprightly.

Doris celebrated reaching her century with friends and family on Thursday.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Skegness, George and Julie Saxon, were on hand to take Doris from her home in the town to a very special party at the Seaview pub.

Around 50 well wishers gathered for the occasion, which was marked with cards from The Queen and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith.

One of the biggest treats for Doris was a slice of birthday cake, as well as a selection of her favourite macaroons amongst an array of gifts.

Doris moved to Skegness from her home city of Sheffield 22 years ago and still shares a home in Brancaster Avenue with her 93 year old sister Ivy.

She said: “We enjoy the sea air and big skies and used to like going down to the beach before we became wobbly. I still keep very active and feed the birds twice a day.

She added: “Being 100 was just another day, I have seen a lot of years come and go.”

Leaving school at 14 to work as a nursemaid, Doris was later employed on the production line for companies making football studs, penknives and drills before retiring.

A keen rambler in her younger days, Doris travelled throughout Britain, but never visited abroad.

She remained single and spent her life helping others, donating 50 pints of blood and fund-raising and volunteering on behalf of a charity for disabled children .

Nephew Gordon Dyson said: “My aunt is very sprightly for her age and very caring. As well as doing her own washing and ironing she still likes to go shopping. As long as she is pushing the trolley she is fine.”

He added: “She has not got a bad word to say about anybody. I wish I knew what her secret was then I could bottle it.”