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.