VIDEO: Gladys recites her Lincolnshire poem on 103rd birthday

  • Gladys celebrates 103rd birthday She pens poem about Lincolnshire Care home describes her as ‘lovely - there is no other word to describe her’

She may be 103, but Gladys Waite is still able to recall her life chapter and verse - and has even penned a poem about Lincolnshire which you can watch her recite here.

Great great-grandmother Gladys celebrated her landmark birthday earlier this month.

Gladys Waite of Skegness celebrating her 103rd birthday. Pictured with Westcotes Residential Home staff L-R Linda Shelly, Mavis Redfern, Jane Newbet and Sue Taylor.

Gladys Waite of Skegness celebrating her 103rd birthday. Pictured with Westcotes Residential Home staff L-R Linda Shelly, Mavis Redfern, Jane Newbet and Sue Taylor.

One of the oldest residents in Skegness, Gladys was joined by her extended family to mark the special occasion at Westcotes Residential Care Home.

A keen writer in her younger days, Gladys is still able to recite the poems she penned word for word.

Born on February 15, 1912, Gladys was orginally from Sloothby, but spent much of her life in Burgh le Marsh.

Married to late husband Fred, she was a devoted mum to seven children.

She still completes the crossword every day

The latest generation of the family, great-great grandchildren Toby, three, and four-month-old Max Carter were among the well-wishers at her birthday party.

Daughter Iris Mason said: “Mum has always been interested in life and was a pianist and organist at Burgh Methodist Chapel and a WI member.

“She enjoyed travelling and visited Africa in her seventies. She still completes the crossword every day, a lady at the home reads out the clues and writes the answers in for her.”

Lesley Blackett, deputy manager at Westcotes Residential Home, said: “Gladys is absolutely marvellous for her age. She is just lovely, there is no other word to describe her.”