Exmouth’s Doris celebrates 100th birthday

PUBLISHED: 06:55 29 June 2017

Doris Bedwell, who has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Doris Bedwell, who has celebrated her 100th birthday.


An Exmouth woman has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Doris Bedwell, of The Marles, was born in Exeter on June 25, 1917.

She was a member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War Two and later ran a newsagent in Exeter, then served as a walker for guide dog puppies.

She was married to Lionel Mortimer, then, following his death, married Harold Bedwell, who ran Exmouth business J Bedwell and Sons.

She has three sons - Tony, Simon and Nicholas - a daughter, Penny, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Doris, who says the secret to her longevity is ‘keeping active’, celebrated her birthday on Sunday with family and friends at East Devon Golf Club.

She is still an active member of Glenorchy Church, the WI, and Salvation Army, and until recently was a member of YWCA.

She also ran a stall at the annual Exmouth Hospital fair until the age of 97.

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