Gladys McFadyen celebrated her 100th birthday with her husband of 63 years, Henry, son Stuart McFadyen, and his wife Janice.
Gladys McFadyen celebrated her 100th birthday with her husband of 63 years, Henry, son Stuart McFadyen, and his wife Janice. Allan Reinikka

Gladys turns a spritely 100

SEVEN years ago, at the ripe age of 93, Gladys McFadyen’s great-grandchildren convinced her to put away her stiletto heels.

But on Saturday the spritely great-grandmother of three, and grandmother of 11, pulled out her dancing shoes to celebrate her 100th birthday with family and friends at the Coffee Star on Bolsover St.

Renowned for her elegant dress sense and charm, her party drew a crowd of 40 friends and family

Her daughter-in-law, Janice McFadyen, described the event as every bit as lively as Gladys.

“She loved it, and I just wanted to thank Coffee Star,” Janice said. “They really did a great job.”

But lively seems like an understatement for the 100-year-old handing in her chef’s apron to Meals on Wheels in her late ‘70s, after years of cooking food for ‘seniors’ younger than herself.

Gladys enjoyed her birthday on Saturday with her husband of 63 years, Henry, 92, at her side.

It took a world war to bring them together in England, while Henry, a Scot, was serving in the British Army with the Royal Engineers.

In 1984 they migrated to Australia to enjoy their retirement near their son, Stuart, and the rest of their family.



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