Gladys still volunteers at the grand age of 96

When Gladys Armstrong celebrated her 96th birthday, staff at the charity shop where she has volunteered for more than ten years wanted to make sure they marked the occasion in style.

Gladys’s colleagues at the British Heart Foundation store in Bedford Street, North Shields, surprised the great-grandmother with a party on Tuesday.

She was treated to a buffet, a chocolate cake and a bouquet of flowers.

Gladys, of Marden Estate, North Shields, volunteers twice a week and is now thought to be the oldest volunteer within the organisation.

She said: “I am going to volunteer until I can not physically do it anymore.

“I love talking to people and the customers coming in and out of the shop.

“It is a very worthwhile thing to do.

“It gets me out and it keeps me going.”

Susan Dinning, assistant manager at the store, helped to organise Gladys’s party .

She said: “Gladys really enjoyed the party and it went really well.

“She is just a lovely person.

“She comes in and sits at her stool and tags and tags and tags items.

“She never complains about anything.”

Gladys was born in Church Way, North Shields, on April 16, 1917, to John and Ethel May Currie, and she was one of four children.

She married Robert Armstrong in 1939 and they had three sons and a daughter.

Robert sadly passed away more than 20 years ago.