Fit like? As fit as you feel at 91!

Fit as a fiddle and raring to go - that’s Mrs Mabel Wheeler (nee Young), aged 91 and in charge of the keep-fit classes in St Andrews Hall on Tuesday afternoons.

Mrs Wheeler began her stint in 1988 when the lady in charge took ill and a new instructor was needed urgently.

Fortified by a quick self-taught course from books and DVDs, Mrs Wheeler took on the task and started a run of what is almost 30 years in charge of the arm-swinging and high-stepping.

Some 30 ladies are enrolled for the classes, with a good number of those attending each week.

Asked how long she will stay in charge, Mrs Wheeler replied: “As long as they keep turning up, I’ll keep going!” She will be 92 in October.

She is a native of the Broch, whose family lived in High Street. After she left school she worked in a retail shop before going to Maconochies where tinned food for the British Forces was manufactured.

The family moved to Mallaig where her father was involved in the strong fishing industry there.

But the family returned to the Broch and in 1950 she was married to her English penfriend, Dennis Wheeler who was a member of the Merchant Navy and who died in 1995.

There are four children, Gordon, Ian, Sheena and Denise, all still living in the area, as well as 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

After the family had grown up Mrs Wheeler returned to work, at Mac Fisheries, until her retiral.

Her family attended St Andrews Church until it closed and merged with Fraserburgh West, where she remains an Elder of the Kirk.

It became clear during the preparation of this article that one should regard it as a major victory if one actually finds Mrs Wheeler at home. On Saturday, for example, she was at the ticket desk for her kirk’s soup and sweet lunch.