Grand old Gladys has special delivery from Queen

Gladys Hill (centre) celebrates her 100th birthday with (from left) Judy Pell, Robert Molson, Sue Syson and Janis Pearson.  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG060312-113TW To order pictures please visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto or phone 01775 765433
Gladys Hill (centre) celebrates her 100th birthday with (from left) Judy Pell, Robert Molson, Sue Syson and Janis Pearson. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG060312-113TW To order pictures please visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto or phone 01775 765433
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A FORMER Spalding midwife, who delivered more than 1,000 babies while her husband was away at war, has been celebrating her 100th birthday with family and friends after receiving a card from the Queen.

Gladys Hill, a resident at Tanglewood Nursing Home, was born in Alfreton, Derbyshire. She spent her childhood near Doncaster, where her father was a colliery manager, before returning to Alfreton to train as a midwife.

After marrying Vernon Hill, she recalls travelling around the area in an Austin 7 as the local midwife.

One of her favourite memories is sterilising a hospital ward with sulphur candles and, after shutting it up for three days, a cat walking out.