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Former West End dancer celebrates 100th birthday in Maidenhead

A Maidenhead resident of 70 years celebrated her 100th birthday this week.

Daphne Gaynor turned 100 yesterday (Wednesday) and celebrated with her family and friends at a party at the Thames Riviera Hotel on Saturday.

Family from as far as Melbourne and Athens made it to the party to celebrate Daphne’s centenary.

Daphne had worked as a professional dancer, performing in West End shows, before getting married and moving to Maidenhead.

She spent time working in the town as the receptionist at a doctors surgery in Castle Hill and then as a guide at the former Courage Brewery Shire Horse Centre.

Daphne’s daughter Deborah, who helped to organise the party, said: ”Mum had a marvellous time, it was lovely to see all the grandchildren from far afield.”

On her mum’s secret to long life, Deborah added: “She’s always been very active, she used to play badminton and tennis at Kidwells Park.

“Even now she still dances sometimes.”

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