Margaret celebrates 100th birthday

Margaret Gostick, 100 years old. EMN-140912-104230001

Margaret Gostick, 100 years old. EMN-140912-104230001

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A party a century in the making has been held for a former Sleaford woman.

Margaret Gostick (pictured), widow of the well known Sleafordian Les, celebrated her 100th birthday last Tuesday.

The great-grandmother, who now lives near family in a care home in Sheffield, was joined by relatives at a party to mark the occasion.

Mrs Gostick was born in Gillingham in Kent, the daughter of a sergeant in the Royal Marines who later joined the Royal Naval Air Service as a flight sergeant in 1918 and then the Royal Air Force.

The family moved to RAF Cranwell with his posting and later ran the post office at Ewerby.

Mrs Gostick went to school in Sleaford and at the age of 19 met her future husband through his job with the postal service.

According to her son Tony, the couple ‘eloped’ to Spilsby to get married at the register office because her parents did not approve and then had fish and chips for their wedding breakfast in Skegness.

The couple did not let on their secret until she fell pregnant. They then moved into their first home in Ewerby, before re-locating to Jermyn Street, Sleaford in 1939, bringing up five children - Tony, Jim, Sylvia, Michael (deceased) and Geoffrey.

Les, who served as the town’s postmaster, died a few years ago.

Mrs Gostick was a member of the town’s Probus Club. She has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.