A half-gypsy girl working in the bag-printing department, Gladys was a thorn in the side of labour manageress Florence Smith, forever being hauled into her office for disobedience, mucking around or skiving. At the factory, the bag-printing department was known unofficially as the Beauty Shop because of the glamorous girls who worked there, but as a tomboy with wild red hair, Gladys didn’t exactly fit the image. Nonetheless, she made firm friends at the factory, as well as great success at the company’s annual Sports Day, where her years of playing football with the boys in the park saw her triumph in the athletics competitions. She even entered the company’s beauty contest – still dripping with sweat and in her muddy netball outfit – just to see the look on Miss Smith’s face.
Listen to Gladys reminisce with friends about getting revenge on a supervisor:
Listen to Gladys talk about going on a Tate & Lyle beano: