She hasn’t been on her feet for the past five weeks but nothing was going to stop Gladys Giles from being a real twinkle-toes when it came to being the birthday girl.
Gladys celebrated her 90th birthday yesterday– but just out of a wheelchair and basically with a dyna-bolt in her broken hip – with family and staff in the rehab ward of Tamworth hospital.
The great-grandma is on the mend after a fall at home in Robert St a month ago and looking forward to getting back on her own two feet soon.
It’s a long way from where she’s been for most of her active life. Gladys was born in Tamworth on what was then Oxley Farm, swallowed up by some of the Taminda airport years ago. As a girl she used to help milk 16 cows on her family’s dairy and wheat farm before she headed off to school.
Fifty-odd years ago, according to daughter Janice Miller, Gladys and her late husband Allen bought one of the first blocks in Cook St in Westdale. She has lived for the past 40 years in Robert St in South Tamworth.
A former worker on the floor of the then-egg marketing board in Taminda, Gladys also kept and bred budgies and canaries with Allen.