Mayor helps Doris celebrate 100th birthday

Doris Awcock and Mayor of Havant, Cllr Gerald Shimbart
Doris Awcock and Mayor of Havant, Cllr Gerald Shimbart
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A mayoral visit and telegrams from the Queen and Iain Duncan Smith marked the birthday of very important person Doris Awcock.

Doris, who has lived in her retirement home for 20 years, reached the grand old age of 100.

L - R (from back) Terry Awcock (son), Lucy Allan (great grand-daughter), Lisa Phillippo (Girlfriend of Mark Newman), Mark Newman (grandson), Craig Newman (grandson), Front L-R Marion Awcock (daughter), Doris Awcock, Carol Newman (daughter-in-law).

L - R (from back) Terry Awcock (son), Lucy Allan (great grand-daughter), Lisa Phillippo (Girlfriend of Mark Newman), Mark Newman (grandson), Craig Newman (grandson), Front L-R Marion Awcock (daughter), Doris Awcock, Carol Newman (daughter-in-law).

The centenarian enjoyed her regular cooked breakfast and opened the special birthday post from Her Majesty and the work and pensions secretary at home in Elsie Fudge House, Crookhorn.

Doris’s family put on a delicious spread, with help from support staff from the Portsmouth City Council sheltered scheme. The table and birthday cake were decorated in blue, her favourite colour.

Special guest, the Mayor of Havant, Cllr Gerald Shimbart, arrived to wish the pensioner a happy birthday, and presented her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

When asked if she was excited about her birthday, Doris said: ‘I don’t really get excited, I just take it as it comes.’

The pictures shows Doris with the mayor and the centenarian with son Terry Awcock, great granddaughter Lucy Allan, grandson Mark Newman and his girlfriend Lisa Phillippo, grandson Craig Newman, daughter Marion Awcock and daughter-in-law Carol Newman.