Celebration is on song for Doris, 100

Doris Dacke celebrates her 100th birthday
Doris Dacke celebrates her 100th birthday
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Friends and relatives gathered at Doris Dacke’s Hayling Island home to help her celebrate her 100th birthday.

There was cake, flowers, presents and of course a card from the Queen at the celebrations.

Doris, the eldest of three children and daughter of a toolmaker and seamstress, was born in Harlesden North London.

The family moved to Hounslow in the 1920s where her parents opened a sweet shop.

Doris was educated at Haberdasher Askes School and then did secretarial work at Church House in London until she met her husband, George Sven, a young Swede who was setting up a machine tool making business with her father.

Doris’s son Chris says: ‘Her father first brought his putative business partner home when she was 18 and she was told to ‘keep her eyes off him’, but they married in 1936.’

They had Chris and another son John and now Doris also has five grandchildren and one great grandson.

One of her greatest passions has always been choral singing and playing the piano. She sang in several choirs in West London.

She also used to love foreign travel and gardening.

She moved down to Hayling Island in 2001 to be closer to her sons and lives in the Gorseway care home where she is able to enjoy the trees and landscaped gardens.

On her birthday Doris enjoyed a glass or two of Champagne and some cake.