She may be 100 years old and now living away, but Gladys Grevatt is still mightily proud of her roots here in West Norfolk.
Indeed she puts down those beginnings as to her longevity.
Gladys Grevatt, nee Addison, was born 100 years ago last Monday, at 4 Friar Street, Lynn.
She is cousin to Alexandra Kemp, the Independent Labour county councillor for Clenchwarton and Lynn South and her present-day activist relation is proud to report that Gladys was a trailblazer on the political front.
“During the war, she used to write reports every week for the Lynn News, as secretary to the Women’s Section of the local Labour Party,” said Miss Kemp.
“She was apprenticed at the department store Jermyns in the High Street in 1932 and became the buyer in the glove department, where she remembers serving Queen Mary at the glove counter and fitting a pair of kid gloves on her hand.
“She was niece to former Lynn mayor William Panton, and accompanied him to the Festival of Britain on London’s South Bank in 1951.
“And in 1945, she helped Major Wise get elected as the first Labour MP for North-West Norfolk.”
Gladys married Philip Grevatt in 1937 and went to live in Surrey where they had two daughters.
Until she was 86, she cared full-time for her disabled daughter, Julia, who was brain-damaged at birth. Her other daughter, Sylvia, is married with two grown-up children. Gladys became a great-grandmother last year.
She says the secret of reaching 100 is, don’t worry. if you want a long life, it helps to be born in Norfolk!