Stage fan celebrates landmark birthday
As a child she would entertain Second World War troops and was a runner-up in a 1955 Melody Maker competition held at the Hammersmith Palais.
She carried on with her love of dancing and singing until marrying and moving to Ickenham and, in the 1970s, the affair was rekindled when she joined a tap dancing class.
She continues to sing and dance and put on a performance for guests at her party at Ickenham Village Hall.
On sale at the party was an album featuring 10 songs sung by Mrs Diffey and recorded by her grandson to raise money for MacMillan Nurses and Cancer Research UK.
Afterwards Mrs Diffey, whose daughter is reknowned author Sue Rollings, said: “It was a wonderful evening and the best party ever for me.”
n FOOTLIGHTS DREAM: Jill Diffey celebrating her 80th birthday and, inset, Jill has had a lifelong love of the stage