Laurieston’s Helen marks 100th birthday

Helen Fisken celebrated her 100th birthday on June 22
Helen Fisken celebrated her 100th birthday on June 22

Celebrating a very special birthday with a personal card from Her Majesty the Queen this week was well-kent Bairn Helen Fisken.

Born in Laurieston, and now a resident at Bankview Care Home in Banknock, she turned 100-years-young on Sunday, June 22.

A total of 21 friends and family joined her for a party to celebrate reaching the milestone.

The second youngest of 11 children born to Charles and Eliza Dundas of Laurieston, Helen entered the world in the last few weeks of peace before the outbreak of the Great War. Two of her elder brothers, Thomas and Alexander, would both serve in the conflict.

She married her late husband, Alex Fisken from Polmont, in 1939 and the couple moved to Dudley Bank in Leith. Alex worked at a nearby timber merchants, a reserved occupation, while Helen was employed as a secretary at Edinburgh Fruit Market.

The Fiskens returned to Garden Terrace in Falkirk in 1961 before moving to Craighorn Drive.

Helen worked for many years at the former Burgh Hospital, where she altered nurses’ uniforms and mended bed linen, retiring aged 60.

Son Alexander Fisken (70), a retired executive with the Nationwide building society, said: “My mother has always been a very determined lady. She was still going shopping in Falkirk at the age of 96, getting a lift into town from a neighbour and taking a taxi home.”

Helen now enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren and three