Stage fan cel­e­brates land­mark birth­day

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

Pho­tos con­trib­uted

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