Ilford pensioner celebrates 105th birthday with family and friends
PUBLISHED: 15:48 21 June 2017
A pensioner who was born before the First World War and helped with the war effort in the second turned 105 over the weekend.
Gladys Hilda Deacon, born in Ilford in 1912, celebrated the special occasion at Ashbrook Court Care Home, in Chingford, on Saturday surrounded by other residents, staff and family and also received a letter from the Queen.
Gladys met Thomas Deacon in 1932 at the Perseverance Club and they married a year later.
During the Second World War Gladys worked at The Plessey Company helping to produce a number of different components for the war effort such as shell cases, aircraft parts and radio equipment.
After the war Gladys became a cook at the Papermakers Arms in Roden Street and later at ABC Bakers in Cranbrook Road.
Torie Pollard, manager at Ashbrook Court, said: “Gladys is a gentle soul and a delight to look after. She had a wonderful day.”