THE ‘naughtiest girl in school’ celebrated her 100th birthday with a cheeky grin on her face when she was surprised at her tea party by a Royal Marine.
Doris Dyer, known as Blossom, has always had a love of the elite military force and staff at her sheltered housing block, Arthur Dann Court, in Wymering, knew how to make her big day yesterday even more special.
They invited Corps Regimental Sergeant Major (WO1) Phil Gilby, of the Royal Marines, and he presented her with the CSRM coin – usually only awarded to marines when they have done something exceptionally well.
Mrs Dyer, who was born in Wales but moved to Portsmouth with her second husband, was delighted with the surprise.
She said: ‘I was married to an airman and then a soldier and I always wanted to have a Royal Marine.
‘This has been the biggest surprise I’ve ever had in my life. He is very nice.
You’ve got to be a little bit mischievous. It’s what keeps me young. I only feel 21.Doris Dyer
‘I’ve been really spoilt.’
CSRM Gilby revealed snippets from Mrs Dyer’s past to the 60 guests who joined her at the tea party.
Born in Wales, Mrs Dyer had nine brothers and, despite being highly intelligent, was not allowed to go to college.
She was known as the naughtiest girl in school because she was so mischievous.
And Mrs Dyer admits that staff at Arthur Dann Court have nicknamed her ‘trouble’.
But having a naughty reputation does not bother her.
She said: ‘You’ve got to be a little bit mischievous. It’s what keeps me young. I only feel 21.’
The only surviving one of Mrs Dyer’s three sons, Derek, 82, attended the party with his children and grandchildren.
Mr Dyer’s wife Pat said: ‘Blossom is such good fun. She’s always got a story to tell.
‘You would never believe she’s 100. It is only in the past year that she’s needed help.
‘Before that she’d go to Marks and Spencer on her own to do her shopping.
‘Blossom absolutely loves her family.’
CRSM Gilby said he had never had such a request before and added: ‘She is a lovely lady, very spirited and a real character.’
Mrs Dyer will be spending the Easter weekend with her family.