Her family and staff at her Portsmouth housing complex organised a surprise party.
Mrs Cleife, who worked as a hairdresser for 20 years, said: "I just take it as it comes, I can't ;ortsmouth much about it. Mrs Cleife has two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Doris' granddaughter Rachel Bowen said: "We are so proud of Nan and she is thrilled to be celebrating such a ificant milestone with her friends and family. Mrs Cleife said the secret to her long life was eating well and her favourite food to celebrate her birthday would be biscuits and pate. Related Topics.
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She added: "To be honest, I am feeling quite philosophical about becomingbut I am looking forward to spending time with my new friends and my family. She added her love of walking had helped and she missed her Sunday strolls along the seafront in Portsmouth. Mrs Cleife, whose husband Sam died inmoved into her independent accommodation run by not-for-profit Housing 21 last year having lived with her daughter and son-in-law for the past 40 years until her daughter died in May.
Doris Cleife will hit the milestone on Leap Day - 29 February - which is only the 25th time she has been able to celebrate on her actual birthday. You may also be interested in:.
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A party has been thrown for a woman born years ago who has only had an actual birthday every four years. The great-great-grandmother said she cify "waited all my life to be famous and now it happens like this". Published 1 March Leap year: 10 things about 29 February.