The oldest member of the Kirkcaldy drama group hosted the royal garden party at Buckingham Palace

Isabel Coventry, 86, was invited to the Royal Garden Party at Her Majesty The Queen’s London home last Wednesday.

She was traveling with her granddaughter, Abby Jones, for the special occasion.

They headed south last Sunday and spent a few days in the capital to see some sights before attending the royal event.

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Isabel Coventry, 86, was honored for her services to music and theatre.

Isabel, the eldest member of the city’s theater group, The Auld Kirk Players, said: “I have been invited to the Royal Garden Party in recognition of my services to music and theatre.

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“It was supposed to happen two years ago but then we went into lockdown. Then, earlier this year, I got a letter inviting me to the garden party.

“It was a really nice day. The Queen was unable to attend but Kate was there and my granddaughter had the opportunity to see her up close.

Isabel pictured with the Auld Kirk Players.

“It was very pleasant and we had the opportunity to meet many interesting people.”

Born and raised in Kirkcaldy, Isabel attended Sinclairtown Primary and then Kirkcaldy High before going to University in Edinburgh.

She studied history and economics before completing a postgraduate year at Murray House and then embarking on a career as a primary school teacher.

Isabel is second from right in the dark dress at a performance by the Auld Kirk Players in the 1990s.

Isabel first taught at Pathhead School before moving to Dunnikier, where she stayed for seven years. She then had her family of four before later returning to teach music in schools.

For the remainder of her teaching career she became a guest music teacher in schools across Fife.

Isabel joined the Kirkcaldy Gilbert and Sullivan Society in the early 1950s and performed with the Society for many years before becoming a founding member of the Kirkcaldy Amateur Dramatic Society (KADS).

She was with KADS for many years until about 20 years ago when she was asked to fill in for someone who had fallen ill before a theatrical performance for the Auld Kirk Players.

She joined the Auld Kirk Players in the 1990’s and is still with us today!

Isabel has also written plays for members to perform.

She said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed performing with the Auld Kirk Players, but it’s hard to pick a favourite. There are things you like in all productions and there are things you don’t like. There are also unexpected things that happen, like someone falling down the stairs and then at the last minute you have to pull someone in to fill the role.

“You have to be prepared for the unexpected!”

One of her plays will be performed as part of the forthcoming Auld Kirk Players’ Summer Drama Festival taking place June 2-4 at Hunter Hall, Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy.

The festival includes the plays ‘Family Matters’ by Isabel Coventry, ‘A Tale O’ Twa Undertakers’ by Alan Richardson, ‘The Ledger’ by Graeme Ferguson and ‘Cupboard Love’, a deckchair comedy by Jean McConnell, as well as various monologues.

The performances take place: June 2 at 7:30 p.m., June 3 at 7:30 p.m. and June 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets priced at £10 and £5 are available from the cast or by telephone on 01592 265499.

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