A WOMAN who is well known for her cooking and has helped raise thousands of pounds for charity has been named as the Rotary Club of Camelford's Citizen of the Year.
Gladys Biddick Cook, who lives at Tintagel, has been chosen for the award for her services to the community.
Born and raised in Michaelstow, the oldest of five Harris children, Gladys went to Michaelstow School and Sir James Smith's School at Camelford. She worked for Barclays Bank in various towns, ending up at Launceston before her marriage to David Cook on January 1, 1963. There was a heavy snowfall and all the guests had to walk to attend the wedding.
The Cooks have remained in Tintagel all their married life and brought up three children, with Gladys still involved in the Chapel and Women's Institute.
"If you want help to raise money for a charity, and if it involves cooking, she is the person to have at your side," said Rotary chairman Ray Jeffs, presenting the citation.
"Over the years Gladys has raised thousands of pounds for various charities including the chapel, ShelterBox, Children's Hospice South West, Cornwall Hospices, Merlin Appeal, and the Royal British Legion, to name but a few.
"She is well known for her cooking, from pasties to stew and dumpling lunches, big breakfasts, cream teas and safari suppers. Gladys organised for over 30 years the local Poppy Appeal."
Gladys said: "None of this could be done without the support of family and friends. I couldn't do it by myself."