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Life lifts off at 90; HALL GREEN: Doris on a roll.

Byline: By Patrice John

A BIRMINGHAM pensioner took to the open skies to celebrate her 90th birthday.

Doris Stamps did not let her age stop her from performing daredevil stunts in a military aircraft.

The pensioner, of Oak Tree Court, Hall Green, took off in the Slingsby Firefly plane and flew over the beautiful Severn Valley on the Tiger Airways pleasure flight.

Despite her age, daredevil Doris couldn't resist the chance to experience death defying stunts such as a loop-the-loop and a victory roll.

She said: "I requested this experience for my 90th birthday as I wanted to do something out of the ordinary to celebrate.

"I wasn't nervous at all before I went up and I was even allowed to take the controls in the middle of the flight.

"It was a very special experience and a wonderful way to commemorate my 90th birthday."

Doris flew the plane under the instruction of Tizi Hodson who has spent more than 5,000 hours flying.

The trip was organised by Focus Futures' Magic Moments initiative.

Event co-ordinator Alan Jephcott said: "We wanted to help Doris have a birthday to remember and when she suggested the pleasure flight we thought it was a great idea.

"It was a very exciting and successful Magic Moments trip and a day which Doris will never forget."

The Magic Moments scheme aims to make retirement residents' dreams come true.

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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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