Go go Gladys off to The Ritz after Paul O’Grady Show stardom

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Lights, cameras and action! Horncastle’s very own ‘marathon queen’ Gladys Tingle had a taste of TV stardom yesterday (Tuesday).

Gladys, 84, has raised thousands of pounds for charity and her efforts attracted the attention of producers of ITV’s ‘Paul O’Grady Show.’

Gladys, who lives in Horncastle, travelled to the Pinewood Studios yesterday for a ‘live’ appearance on the programme.

And she was rewarded by Paul O’Grady for all her work, receiving a dinner for her and her husband at London’s famous 5-star destination - The Ritz.

On receiving her gift Gladys, full of smiles and laughter as ever, cheekily replied “I only wanted a pen.”

Gladys said: “They only got in touch last week to invite me and it’s come as a big surprise.”

Before leaving for London she told the Horncastle News: “I’m not so sure what they will be asking but I’d better be careful what I say because it is going out live!”

Gladys was typically coy about whether she was looking forward to meeting Paul O’Grady, adding: “Ask me when I get back!”

She travelled to London with a member of the ’team’ from the Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance - one of the organisations she has raised money for.

Gladys still trains every day and will be competing in the Great North Run later this year.

She’s refusing to rule out a return to the London Marathon, having competed inn the event twice before.