Balmullo woman celebrates century

Mrs Isabelle Kirk of Burnside, Balmullo, celebrated her 100th birthday on July 9. Mrs Kirk was presented with flowers and a card on behalf of the whole community by Zoe Sanders, chair of Balmullo Community Council
Mrs Isabelle Kirk of Burnside, Balmullo, celebrated her 100th birthday on July 9. Mrs Kirk was presented with flowers and a card on behalf of the whole community by Zoe Sanders, chair of Balmullo Community Council

MRS Isabella Kirk of Burnside, Balmullo, celebrated her 100th birthday on July 9.

Mrs Kirk was presented with flowers and a card on behalf of the whole community by Zoe Sanders, chair of Balmullo Community Council.

She also received many other cards and gifts, including that very special card from the Queen.

Isabella Souter was the youngest of three children and was born in Markinch, where her father was a railwayman.

The family soon moved to her mother’s town of Leslie, where Isabella went to school.

She found employment as a pen-maker at the Strathendry Works of the Thomas De La Rue Company, in the Leven valley outside Leslie.

In 1939, Isabella married George Kirk, who served with the Black Watch and then the Lancashire Fusiliers.

After the war, George was posted to India and Isabella made her first overseas journey by ship.

In 1947, although George remained as part of the British Forces overseeing Indian Independence, Isabella (like other families) was sent home, shortly before the birth of her daughter Margaret.

Isabella was widowed at a relatively young age, before the birth of her three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

However, she has kept fit and active by walking “everywhere” and has travelled widely, including cruises organised by the National Trust.

On such a Baltic cruise, passengers were stranded at Helsinki by a crew strike and were flown home to Scotland, - Isabella’s first flight.

She moved to Balmullo to be near most of her family, who live in the village and came together for a celebration party in the afternoon.