Tributes paid to former Rotary president

Olive Adams celebrating her 90th birthday.
Olive Adams celebrating her 90th birthday.

Tributes have been paid to one of Rotary’s oldest club presidents.

Olive Adams, whose wartime work helped build ships for the Royal Navy, was part of the Rotary Club of Monkseaton Centenary, becoming the oldest active club president at the age of 90.

She died at the age of 97.

Olive joined the Wallsend Slipway and Engineering Company – later becoming Swan Hunters – in January 1940.

She was promoted to Welfare Secretary, responsible for 3,000 apprentices, while during German bombing runs was on fire-watch duty, keeping her away from her Monkseaton home.

After the war, she married her husband Dennis and left Swan Hunters in 1949.

She then became involved in various charities and non-government organisations including the Whitley Bay Branch of the Sailors Children’s Society, Whitley Bay Save the Children Fund, North Shields Crime Prevention Panel, North Tyneside Standing Conference of Women’s organizations, and Rotary Monkseaton Centenary Branch.

Her son Roland said: “She possessed many great qualities: loyalty; always willing to get stuck into hard work; and a determination to succeed.”