Party time as Mary celebrates big day
AFTER years of caring for others as a Hillingdon Hospital nurse, it was time for others to show their appreciation to Mary Little. The Uxbridge resident celebrated her 102nd birthday last week
STAFF at an auction house in West Ruislip have wished happy birthday to a remarkable colleague.
Martin Gravener still works at Bainbridges Auction, despite celebrating his 88th birthday on Friday. And on top of that, he has no plans to stop work soon.
He said: “Since I retired I have been working here for 24 years.
“I like meeting the people, I’ve always been interested in antiques and I love the business. It’s a great firm to work for.”
Mr Gravener sells auction catalogues and carries out many other tasks.
Colleague Helena GumleyMason said: “He’s always out the front and never complains, he’s an absolute delight. He’s at the heart of the character of the auction house.”
She said Mr Gravener worked on a cruise ship for many years and was a talented pianist, saying: “Whenever a piano comes in the plays it.
“He doesn’t need the sheet music, he just tinkles the ivory. He’s very good at classical jazz.”
Staff at the auction rooms in Station Parade, Ickenham Road, gave him a surprise birthday party on Thursday, and Mr Gravener added: “I enjoy what I do – I have no plans to retire.”
DELIGHT: Martin Gravener with colleagues Helena GumleyMason and Will Bainbridge