A Tiptree-born resident has died at the age of 106.

Gladys Emily Rowland, formerly of Highfields Road in Witham and Church Road in Hatfield Peverel passed away at Firstlings Residential Home in Heybridge on November 13.

Born on May 27, 1906, Gladys was the eldest of four children and as a youngster worked with her father transporting cherries from their home in Great Totham to Wilkins Jam in Tiptree and Witham Railway Station.

She began her working life at Collingwood House in Witham where she met and married husband Cyril in 1930.

Gladys’ funeral took place on November 27 at St Andrews Church in Hatfield Peverel.