‘A splendid lady’

Mrs Foster and the mayor
Mrs Foster and the mayor

KILLOWEN House in Coleraine awaited a very special delivery last Thursday - a birthday card from the Queen for a very special resident.

Delightful Isobel Foster celebrated her 100th birthday last Thursday surrounded by family and friends.

The Mayor of Coleraine, councillor Sam Cole popped in to send his best wishes to one of the borough’s centenarians.

A sprightly lady, Isobel spoke of days gone by - her time working in Dixon’s of Coleraine as a bookkeeper before moving to England to take up a post as a matron in a boarding school in Essex.

Proudly displaying a 275th pin from Bancroft’s School, Isobel recalled the great times she had caring for the 200 odd boarders.

Isobel returned to Northern Ireland to care for her sister, before taking up residence at Killowen House 11 years ago.

“I am overwhelmed, “ said Isobel.

“I have no secrets to long life - just enjoy it,” she said.

Mayor Cole told Isobel that she was the “youngest looking” 100-year-old he had met, and wished her well on her special day.

“She’s just a splendid lady,” he said.

Brenda Cunningham, the Officer in Charge at Killowen House spoke fondly of their most senior resident.

“She’s a great lady and she is so independent.

“She’s just marvellous, and we think a lot of her here.

“She’s in great health for her age and is always very appreciative for all that we do for her here.” STORY: NICHOLA FORGRAVE