Tributes to fire victim

Catherine Walkingshaw with her husband Archie
Catherine Walkingshaw with her husband Archie

Tributes to an elderly woman who died tragically in a fire in Cellardyke have been led by her family.

Catherine Walkingshaw lost her life in blaze at a farm cottage at Kilrenny Mill Caravan Park on the morning of Saturday, December 14.

Relatives spoke of a happy, cheerful woman whose family was extremely important to her.

Mr Walkingshaw was 83 and known as ‘Mum’ to all her relatives and friends, including her husband of over 60 years, Archie.

A family statement said: “Mum always had a smile on her face and had a long and happy life, in which she raised her own family and saw her own family raise theirs.

“Catherine had 61 blissful years with her husband Archie.”

Police Scotland, which carried out an investigation into the incident, along with fire officers, said the blaze was not thought to be suspicious.

Detective Sergeant Samantha Davidson, who led the investigation into the circumstances of the fire, said: “Our thoughts are with Catherine Walkingshaw’s husband Archie and the whole family at this difficult time.

“This has been a tragic event and, while we continue to work with our Fire Service colleagues to determine the specific cause of the fire, I can confirm we are not investigating any suspicious circumstances.

“As with all incidents of this nature, a report relating to Mrs Walkingshaw’s death has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Mrs Walkingshaw’s funeral takes place at 2.15 p.m. this Friday at Kirkcaldy Crematorium.

She is survived by her husband, along with sons Derek and Gerard, and daughters Elaine, Caroline and Fiona.