‘Rose between two thorns’ Gladys set for centenary

Gladys Cecily Mahy
Gladys Cecily Mahy
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David Curwen, centre, hugs his mother with whom he wa sreunited. Completing the group is his brother Keith

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Gladys Cecily Mahy (nee Taylor), was born on August 21, 1913, 16 months after the Titanic sank and 11 months before the outbreak of the First World War.

‘A rose between two thorns,’ jokes her son, Eric.

Known as Glad to her friends, she was the youngest of five children and had three sisters: Mable, Phyllis, Amy, as well as a brother: Reginald.

She grew up at Gosport and, as a young woman, worked as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital.

She left the family home in 1937 to marry William (Bill) Mahy, who she met at a Gosport dance hall.

He served in the RAF and the pair returned to his home in Guernsey to start their married life together.

From then until 1957, when Bill was demobbed, they lived in married quarters mostly in Gibraltar and England and had two sons: Eric and Doug.

As well as being a wife, mother and homemaker, Glad worked as a dental assistant and also played an important part in the family businesses – a newsagents, post office and caravan park.

She returned to her Hampshire roots in the late 1970s, settling in Gosport.

Glad is an expert card player, a keen jigsaw puzzler and a huge snooker fan.

‘We know not to ring her during the World Championship, especially when Stephen Hendry is playing,’ adds Eric.

She loves flowers, and plants too but her greatest love is her family. She has four grandchildren: John, Vic, Andrew and Nicola; and two great-grandchildren: Lily and Luca.

She will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Friday, August 23, at Truffles restaurant in Fareham with her immediate family and she’ll arrive in a vintage 1934 Rolls Royce, which is more than 20 years younger than she is.

This will be followed by an open house for friends and family on Saturday, where she will no doubt celebrate with her favourite tipple – brandy and lovage, says Eric.