Doris books her first ever flight at the age of 99

99 yo mother Dodo Doris Hall is going to Bangkok for a shopping holiday. Photo: John Gass / Daily News
99 yo mother Dodo Doris Hall is going to Bangkok for a shopping holiday. Photo: John Gass / Daily News John Gass

TWEED resident Doris Hall will fly to Bangkok at the start of December to go Christmas shopping and although this may not be very extraordinary in itself, Doris' age makes her trip rather exceptional.

Doris, or 'Dodo' as she jokingly calls herself, will turn 99 at the end of this month and her Bangkok shopping spree will be the very first time she gets on a plane to go anywhere.

Ms Hall said the reason she had not flown before was not because she was afraid of flying and she was not the slightest bit concerned about boarding her first ever flight.

"At 99, what do I have to worry about?

"I'm going to buy lots of things and am looking forward to having a new experience," Ms Hall said.


Ms Hall will be accompanied by her daughter Sylvia Adams and son-in-law Roy, who talked her into going after having visited the Thai capital several times before.


"This will be the fifth time, Roy and I go to Bangkok.

"We love the place and everything it has to offer," Mrs Adams said.

After surviving WW2 and living through the London blitz, Ms Hall followed her husband's suggestion and came to Australia.

In 1951, Ms Hall said goodbye to family and friends, boarded the P&O ship 'Strathaird' with her daughter Sylvia and husband Les and arrived in Manly in Sydney about five weeks later.

After losing Les in 1989 and her second husband Keith in 2000, Ms Hall came to the Tweed to be closer to family and soon became a regular at clubs such as South Tweed Sports Club, where she enjoyed her favourite pastime 'ballroom-dancing'.

In 2010 Ms Hall broke her hip but only six weeks later she returned to the dance floor, where she made her first moves at the age of 15.

Ms Hall said she recently lost her dance partner and was looking for a replacement.

Mrs Adams joked her mother's previous partner needed to be replaced because he was too slow and a new partner needed to be up to the task of keeping up with mum.

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