Party time as Mary cel­e­brates big day

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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.”

Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­ WL151731

DE­LIGHT: Martin Gravener with col­leagues He­lena Gum­leyMa­son and Will Bain­bridge

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