Campaigning Gladys celebrates her century

Gladys Rushworth with grandson Carl and greatgrandson Harrison
Gladys Rushworth with grandson Carl and greatgrandson Harrison
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FAMILY members travelled from far and wide to help a New Mills woman celebrate her 100th birthday this week.

Gladys Rushworth reached the milestone on Monday and the occasion was marked with a small party at Goyt Valley House, where Gladys now lives.

Gladys was born in Salford but has lived in New Mills for many years. Before moving to Goyt Valley House, she had lived at Ventura Court.

Swimming has been a major part of Gladys life and she spent her working life as a swimming instructor.

She organised swimming sessions for disabled people, fund-raising for the equipment needed to get them in and out of the water.

As a young woman, Gladys was invited to train with the Olympic squad but her mother, whose husband was killed in the first World War, was unable to raise the cash needed to send her abroad to join them.

And Gladys made such a splash at New Mills pool that she was given a free lifetime pass ten years ago. She continued swimming until the age of 94.

In her younger days, Gladys was involved in running a Sunday school and a Guides group. Her late husband Alfred, who managed the Barclays Bank branch in New Mills, was heavily involved in New Mills amateur dramatic society, an interest Gladys often supported. She was an air raid warden during the Second World War.

Gladys celebrated her birthday with her son Alex, daughter Jill, daughter-in-law Rosalind, grandson Carl, granddaughter Julia and great-grandsons Alex and Harrison.

She received a telegram from the Queen and a card from the chairman of Barclays Bank congratulating her on reaching the milestone.