Plenty of walks and the odd sherry

Gl­wadys lets slip two of the se­crets of her longevity as friends and fam­ily gather for her 101st birth­day

Staines Informer - - NEWS - Char­lotte Tal­bot

IT was party time for a Staines grand­mother as loved ones gath­ered to mark the 101st birth­day of Gl­wadys Boys.

As Gl­wadys is Wey­bridge Mariners Club’s old­est mem­ber it was only right to hold her big bash at the cen­tre on Shep­per­ton Lock Is­land, where friends and fam­ily had gath­ered to wish Gl­wadys many happy re­turns on her big day.

Gl­wadys, who reached 101 on Septem­ber 29, says the com­bi­na­tion of lots of walk­ing and a few sher­ries has kept her go­ing over her many years.

Ad­ven­tur­ous Gl­wadys grew up in Bris­tol and moved to Staines in 1954 with her hus­band John.

John died when she was just 48, and Gl­wadys re­turned to full-time work.

Her son Phil said: “Mum has also cruised the up­river Thames ex­ten­sively, hav­ing gone to Shilling­ford and Abing­don three times in my boat. Her favourite pub on the Thames is The Bounty at Bourne End.”

Gl­wadys was still go­ing to sea at the age of 92.

Phil said he and his brother Jeremy were so grate­ful to their mother for all she has done.

Par­ty­go­ers were en­ter­tained by a ma­gi­cian and a singer and the cater­ing was done by fam­ily friend Derek Dale and his wife Bar­bara.

Gl­wadys with friends and fam­ily at Wey­bridge Mariners club­house at Shep­per­ton Lock Is­land.

Gl­wadys Boys. Pic­tures: Chris Whi­teoak. Ref: RS155633.

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