Hampshire & Isle of Wight

'Daring' Doris Long's 99th birthday abseil record bid

Doris Long pictured on the roof of Millgate House in Portsmouth in 2012
Doris Long carried out her first abseil when she was 85 years old

A great-great-grandmother has abseiled down a Hampshire building to celebrate her 99th birthday.

Doris Long, of Hayling Island, currently holds the world record for the oldest person to abseil.

She descended Portsmouth University's 110ft (35m) Mercantile House in a bid to break her own record and raise money for Rowans Hospice.

Mrs Long, who completed her first abseil aged 85, has carried out a total of eight descents for the charity.

After her descent Mrs Long, who is also known as "Daring Doris", said she was looking forward to her birthday party on Sunday.

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