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Gladys still ‘looks a million dollars’ friends say.

Gladys Williams celebrated her 100th birthday this month. To mark the occasion, a party was held at Darwin Court in Southwark where she now lives – you can watch a video of the event below.

Gladys' friend and fellow resident Sheila Millward said "She is still amazingly active and I'm so happy there’s this celebration for her. She looks a million dollars."

Another friend Kathy McDougall, added: "Gladys and I both moved in to Darwin Court when it opened in 2003. We always used to go on do's together, dancing and whatnot. I’ve genuinely never heard her complain about anything in all the years I’ve known her. She is a lovely, wonderful person and it’s a privilege to know her."

Gladys was born on May 4, 1918, on Meeting House Lane in Peckham and worked as an insurance clerk for many years. She is still active and can walk unaided, but her sight is now restricted. She enjoys attending a blind social club and going on outings with volunteers.

Cllr Charlie Smith, Mayor of Southwark, was a special guest at the birthday party. He said: "I'm delighted to have been invited to her party at Darwin Court, not just on behalf of myself, but on behalf of all residents in Southwark. I’m very happy for Gladys and for the Peabody staff who organised such a terrific event."

Darwin Court is a Peabody-owned supported housing block. Claire Woodcock, Older Person’s Housing & Support Manager at Peabody, said:
"Gladys continues to set an example to us all – still fit, healthy and glowing! I hope that we can host many more ‘100 year’ parties for our residents and to give something back to a generation who long deserve this recognition."