100 years young for High Peak great grandmother

Gladys Blandford celebrated her 100th birthday with Lewis, Grace, Emilia and Claudia-four of her great grandchildren.
Gladys Blandford celebrated her 100th birthday with Lewis, Grace, Emilia and Claudia-four of her great grandchildren.

A High Peak resident who has lived through the reigns of four monarchs, two world wars and 19 different prime ministers has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Gladys Blandford, who loves to travel, was born on May 27, 1917.

Her daughter, Ann Cresswell, joked: “When we asked for her secret to a long life she just shrugged and gave a little smile.

“However, we believe a lifelong addiction to vinegar has ensured she is well and truly pickled.

“Whenever she has fish and chips there is so much vinegar on her fish it goes soggy.”

Born in Yorkshire, Gladys spent her teenage years in Kent where she finished her education and trained as a nurse at Maidstone Ophthalmic Hospital.

After marrying and raising three children she moved to Derbyshire with her second husband Bill, where she has lived for over 50 years - first in New Mills and now at Whitestones, Chapel en-le-Frith, after two very happy years at Ecclesfold.

Ann said: “Gladys’ nursing skills were put to good use at Stepping Hill Hospital, where she worked for nearly 30 years, retiring not once but twice.

“She retired at 60 and then joined the shift bank, but ended up doing so many shifts she was full time again.”

Her children gave her six grandchildren and she is now a proud great nana to ten great-grandchildren.

Ann said: “Mum and Bill used to love cruising - she often said to me she was lucky to travel so much.

“She has visited the Arctic Circle, Norway as well as the Mediterranean, flown to Madeira, and also had many a wonderful holiday in Austria.”

The family celebrated Gladys’ milestone with an afternoon tea at Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club.

She also received a special card from The Queen to mark the occasion.

Ann said: “At the age of 100 mum doesn’t need anything - she can’t work technology and has no need for it so we paid to get the commemorative frame for the Queen’s card and it is already up on her wall.”