Fashion guru Daisy Borrill celebrates 105th birthday at Grimsby home
MOVE over Mary Portas – Grimsby has its own fashion guru in 105-year-old Daisy Borrill.
The grand old lady has made all her clothes throughout her life and admitted her preference is for men’s fashions – and “especially men in underwear”.
Daisy said this spring she will mainly be wearing yellow. And she looked her immaculate best in cardigan and dress at her birthday party, surrounded by representatives of her five-generation family.
Her nails were painted red specially for the occasion at The Anchorage Care Home, in Rutland Street, Grimsby, where staff hosted a party and baked a cake.
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She treated them all to a sing-a-long on the piano, which she played to guests and fellow residents.
Surrounded by her family, she beamed at the number of birthday cards, bouquets and burly naked men posing in a special birthday calendar given to her by a relative.
It was sent by great- great-great-niece Elaine Marsden who works with a team of men at a gas works known as The Boys from the Dock in Brinsworth.
They have a photo of her on their wall at work as their number one pin-up girl.
Daisy declared: “He’s nearly nude. I like his little trunks.”
The sprightly seamstress was formerly in domestic service in a Jewish household in London where she moved after leaving school in Elliston Street, Cleethorpes, and said her secret of long life is “just living”.
She said: “I would enjoy going out walking, but I can’t anymore, but I am well fit and enjoy reading fashion magazines and keeping up with the latest styles.
“I have always been active and made my own clothes and have always been busy.”
Daisy was especially pleased with her birthday card from the Queen and said she is looking forward to many more.
They are signed by Her Majesty for people reaching 100 years and 105 years and every year thereafter.
Daisy looked back at her regular dancing date at The Buddies Club, in Hainton Square, where she enjoyed a boogie and jive.
And yesterday, she was the toast of relatives, including daughter Pam Palmer, 73, granddaughter Sue Hunter, 49, and great-granddaughter Petrina Borrill, 34. She also has a great-grandson Luke Wattam, 29, who has a daughter Lotte, 3.
Pam said: “Mum has always had a musical ear. She could go to the cinema and come home and play the music from the movie.
“She always enjoys herself. She used to come out with me to the Oasis Club.
“She is always good fun and lives life to the full.”