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Daring Doris abseils down Portsmouth tower block on her 99th birthday

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DARING Doris Long has marked her 99th birthday by abseiling from the top of an 11-storey building.

The inspiring pensioner, from Hayling Island, took the plunge off of the University of Portsmouth’s Mercantile House on Hampshire Terrace in the city.

It was her 13th major abseil and she was one of 80 taking part today in aid of Rowans Hospice.

Speaking to The News afterwards, Doris said: ‘It felt great, I certainly don’t feel 99. I feel more about 60.

‘The weather was good this time, it wasn’t windy so I didn’t swing around like a pendulum up there.’

Once her feet were safely back on the ground, staff from the hospice presented Doris with a birthday cake and a card signed by all of them.

Doris was joined on the descent by Dylan Bryant, aged 7, also from Hayling.

 

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