Dancer Mabs is 100 years young

Mabs Gadsby reaches 100yrs of age pictured with the Mayor and Mayoress and friends and family at Dunollie Nursing Home.picture Richard Ponter 132715a
Mabs Gadsby reaches 100yrs of age pictured with the Mayor and Mayoress and friends and family at Dunollie Nursing Home.picture Richard Ponter 132715a
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A Scarborough woman has celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family.

Mabs Gadsby marked the momentous occasion with a party at Dunollie Nursing Home in Filey Road.

The event was attended by Scarborough’s mayor and mayoress, Andrew and Sue Backhouse, with the mayor giving a speech and proposing a toast to Mabs.

Members of her family had travelled from as far as Canada to help celebrate the milestone.

Mabs’ brother Rex, who lives locally, thanked everyone for coming and Dunollie for their efforts in organising the party and buffet.

Born and bred in Scarborough, Mabs has always been a keen dancer ever since she was a youngster.

After qualifying as a dance teacher, Mabs held classes in children’s homes before starting sessions in ballet and tap at the Olympia Ballroom.

During the war, Mabs and her fellow dancers travelled around Britain to entertain the troops. She later travelled to Drury Lane in London where she joined the Canadian ENCA and spent time travelling around the south of the country. Sally Jones, activity coordinator at Dunollie, said: “Mabs is still very mobile. She’s full of character and loves a chat. She also has a wicked sense of humour.”