Recovered from her illness, she came back to work as first woman in the newly opened slipper department, sewing binding on to slippers.
Living in Stanford, she cycles to work every day - but not alone, for Doreen has two sisters and one brother working at East Tilbury, and none of them wants to change their jobs. Her sisters also work in the leather factory, Jean , the youngest, in Dept. 422, while her elder sister Mabel in Dept 442, while her brother Douglas works in the rubber factory.
Foreman E Purkiss is proud to have Doreen in his department. He has known her ever since she first came to the factory and knows her for a hard and conscientious worker. Her record as regards attendance and ability - not many girls could keep up with her record of speed and quality - sets an example to all the other girls.
Although she is still single, there was a twinkle in Doreen’s eye when she told Bata Record that she was courting. She is fond of fresh air and cycling, and with the return of the fine weather often goes for long cycle rides with her boy friend at the weekend.
She is fond of the pictures, too, and romantic scenes are her favourite, if possible with Anna Neagle and Michael Wilding as the stars.