Ilminster lady celebrates her birthday

This is The West Country: CELEBRATING the milestone are, from left, grandson Peter Hayball, Daisy Hayball and son Alan Hayball. CELEBRATING the milestone are, from left, grandson Peter Hayball, Daisy Hayball and son Alan Hayball.

DAISY Hayball, resident at Vaughan Lee House in Ilminster, is celebrating her 100th birthday.

She moved to the house in 2009, having lived on her own until she was 95, and was born in Greenwich, Kent as one of eight children.

In her early years she worked in the accounts office of a biscuit manufacturer until her marriage to Eric Hayball in 1938.

Eric joined a tank regiment of the Army in 1940 but stayed in the UK until the invasion of Europe.

For a time Daisy was able to live near to her husband Eric in Ringmore in South Devon while he was training to join in the invasion of Europe.

Her sons, Alan and David, were born in 1942 and 1944 respectively.

After the war, Daisy and her husband stayed in London until 1968 when they relocated to Chard to stay close to Alan and his family Daisy was a member of the Women’s Institute in Chard and still meets up with a few of her friends from her WI days.

She has three grandsons and one great-grandson.

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