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Doris tells people she is 21 - at the tender age of 108

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 08, 2012

  • Talbot Court Care Home resident Doris Jones celebrates her 108th birthday

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IF you ask Doris Jones how old she is — she will tell you she's 21 and a bit.

Incredibly, for the remarkable woman from Port Talbot, that 'bit' adds up to quite a lot — as she has just celebrated her 108th birthday.

It makes Doris one of Wales's oldest women.

The oldest woman in the UK is believed to be Grace Adelaide Jones, who is 112.

Doris, who has taken the past few years in her stride, was born in 1904 and lived in the same house in Aberavon for more than a century.

In 2009 she moved into Talbot Court Care Home and she has lived there, and celebrated each landmark birthday, along with staff and other residents, ever since.

Home administrator Debbie Price said they had a lovely party for Doris at the home.

"It went really well. The mayor came in to visit her and she had so many visitors," she said.

"She had banners and balloons and a cracking birthday cake.

"Doris really enjoyed herself."

Nurse in charge, Theresa Jones, said Doris loved celebrating her birthday with everyone at the care home.

"She is our oldest resident. She fully understood it was her birthday and she was turning 108," she added.

"She couldn't believe it last year when she turned 107.

"She feels it is quite amazing.

"When you ask her what her age is she still says she is 21 and a bit." She added that Doris usually got visits from many of her close friends as well as her nieces.

Before she lived at the care home Doris, who has never married or had children, lived in St Mary's Street.

"She had three brothers and lived in that house until she moved here," said Ms Jones.

"They moved there when she was four. She looked after her mother for 20 years and worked in a grocery shop. She was a member Bethania chapel and belonged to a history society and friends of the hospital."

Ms Jones said they had been trying to find out if Doris was the oldest woman or person in Wales.

Beautiful

"We have been to the registered births and they could not tell us," she said.

"We have also tried the civic centre. She must be one of Wales's most senior citizens.

"It was lovely during the jubilee as she said she could remember Queen Elizabeth as a little girl and could not believe she had been on the throne that long."

Last month Wales's oldest living man, Rhys Thomas Lewis, who originally hailed from Llanelli, died after reaching the age of 108.

And what's the secret to a long and healthy life?

"Hard work and I have looked after people all my life," said Doris.

She added: "I had a beautiful birthday."

gill.roberts@swwmedia.co.uk

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  • KristinLSC  |  August 08 2012, 10:35PM

    Love it, good for you Doris. Hopefully she becomes a supercentenarian. If anyone is interested in more information on these amazing people or other supercentenarians(people over 110 years) we track all verified living supercentenarians at http://tinyurl.com/cuc2yuq .

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  • nice_nails  |  August 08 2012, 7:09PM

    21ish

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  • Dan01  |  August 08 2012, 10:36AM

    21 and a bit? Me too. Well done Doris, congratulations and good luck for the future.

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