Isobel’s 100 busy and happy years

ISOBEL McNAB CELEBRATING HER 100TH BIRTHDAY WITH MP EILIDH WHITEFORD WHO DELIVERED HER CARD AND TELEGRAM FROM THE QUEEN AND (L)  CARE HOME MANAGER ARLENE CAMPBELL
ISOBEL McNAB CELEBRATING HER 100TH BIRTHDAY WITH MP EILIDH WHITEFORD WHO DELIVERED HER CARD AND TELEGRAM FROM THE QUEEN AND (L) CARE HOME MANAGER ARLENE CAMPBELL

Miss Isobel Hector McNab, who was born at 21 Kirk Brae, Fraserburgh, on March 26, 1917, celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday.

She now lives at Crimond House Care Home.

Miss McNab is the eldest of the four daughters of Jim and Margaret (nee McKay) McNab; her younger sisters being Eleanor, Chrissie and Sheila.

When Isobel was young she spent time keeping her father’s sister Bella, a semi-invalid, company.

Her grandparents owned the Shore Tree Inn (now demolished), and lived round the corner on Shore Street.

Isobel learned a great deal there in dealing with the public, which was to stand her in good stead later.

Her father, a good sportsman, used to take young Isobel to Bellslea to watch all the Broch home matches. In the 1920s she was possibly the only female there.

She had an early introduction to golf. Her father had a set of golf clubs made for her. Isobel laughingly says her father treated her as the son he did not have.

On finishing her education Isobel worked for her father in his tobacconist and sports shop at 38 Broad Street, and in the newsagent’s across the road which he had purchased just prior to his early death in 1937.

Isobel and her sister Eleanor ran the two shops for several years, but with the black-outs and bombing increasing, and mother constantly worrying, the two businesses were sold.

Isobel and Eleanor both went to work for the Consolidated Pneumatic Tool Company (the Toolworks - the Toolies). Isobel worked at Cairness House where the head office had evacuated to from London. The McNab family itself evacuated to Lonmay later when their home suffered bomb damage during an air raid in which a neighbour was killed.

After the war ended the head office of the CPT moved back to London and Isobel went with them. After several years she decided on a career change and trained in hotel management. She worked as a housekeeper at the Craigellachie Hotel in upper Banffshire. She was later put in charge of a second hotel which her employer had purchased.

After 15 happy years there she decided to move on and became domestic burser at McIntosh Hall, a students’ residence at St Andrews University. By the time she retired she was manager of the whole residency of students.

Isobel settled in St Andrews until early 2000 when her sister Eleanor’s husband passed away and Isobel was asked to move to Montrose so they could be company for each other. Sadly Eleanor died in 2008 and Isobel moved back home to Fraserburgh to be with Chrissie and Sheila. Isobel lived in her own home for several years before moving into the family home with Chrissie and Sheila.

She remained there until December, 2014 when she moved into Crimond Care Home.