Liphook woman celebrates 100th birthday on Christmas Day


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A LIPHOOK woman celebrated her 100th birthday on Christmas Day.

Daphne Balfour (nee Springett), one of four siblings, three of whom were boys, was born on Christmas Day 1921 in Streatham, London.

During the Second World War Daphne joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF), and drove ambulances for the RAF and helped to maintain vehicles.

She remained a car enthusiast for the rest of her life, only reluctantly giving up driving aged 96.

She married husband David in 1947 and they have three daughters, Heather now in Canada, Janice in Iceland, and Rowena in Liphook.

After the war, Daphne worked for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) at Stirling in central Scotland, and then at Bicester in north-east Oxfordshire.

After she retired, Daphne moved to Liphook in 2011 to be closer to her family.

Daphne celebrated a truly special 100th birthday in Greenbanks Care Home off London Road in Liphook.

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