Tributes are made as Ishbel Thomson passes

Ishbel Thomson
Ishbel Thomson

There have been many tributes made to Ishbel Thomson who died on February 3 in St Andrews Hospice.

Ishbel was a well-loved teacher who taught at Knowetop Primary in Motherwell throughout the whole of her working life.

She was well known as the wife of the late John Thomson who had served as a Motherwell councillor for over 30 years.

He always said he could never have done the job with the help and support of Ishbel.

Ishbel was also a founding member, with her husband, of the Voluntary Association for Mental Welfare, an organisation which continues to serve the area.

Ishbel continued as a board member of VAMW after her husband’s death in 1996, and was chairperson at the time of her death.

Ishbel was also a person in her own right. She was a devoted wife and mother to her children Sharron, Allison and Roderick (known as Roddy) and later a loved and loving grandmother to five grandchildren.

Ishbel came originally from Newarthill and lived in Motherwell after her marriage.

She went into teaching the hard way, studying for Highers for entry to Hamilton College where she completed teacher training, all carried out while her children were small.

In fact she began teaching at Knowetop Primary on the same day that her youngest child Roddy started school.

She was a popular and respected teacher as was shown by the many tributes and messages sent to her family from former teaching colleagues and pupils.

Ishbel was a committed member of St Mary’s Church in Motherwell, she started a coffee afternoon in VAMW and was involved in many associated activities.

If volunteers were needed for a project, Ishbel’s hand was among the first to be raised.

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Taylor Wimpey have confirmed directly with local Councillor Nathan Wilson that the organisation retains its commitment to building a park and ride at Shieldmuir Train Station. In response to recent enquiries made by Councillor Wilson, Taylor Wimpey have advised that engagement is taking place with Network Rail over the latter’s approval procedures and that once this process is complete, work will be able to begin on site. The developer has informed the Motherwell Councillor that during the period of investigation undertaken since the commencement of building work was delayed in January 2018, an unrecorded service chamber has been discovered on site. The project cannot move forward until further clarification is provided on the nature of the service chamber and Taylor Wimpey are in the process of commissioning a contractor to assess the situation. The developer’s initial judgement is that this is likely a redundant service. A senior representative of the organisation has also informed Councillor Wilson that a member of the Taylor Wimpey production team will be sent out to inspect the vacant land following a request he made at the beginning of 2019 for maintenance work to be carried out on site should construction of the park and ride remain some time away. Councillor Nathan Wilson said: “Taylor Wimpey have communicated to me directly that the park and ride facility is a project that the organisation remains committed to delivering. “However, it goes without saying that the lengthy delay is still very disappointing and frustrating. “An unrecorded service chamber has been identified on site and progress is unable to be made until this has been investigated. “Taylor Wimpey have relayed to me that an on-site inspection of the vacant land will take place and I hold to the view that maintenance work should be carried out in the short term to improve it’s current condition. “I will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders and re-inforce to them the importance of the park and ride project locally. Motherwell and Wishaw CAB takes home 40 per cent of the prizes

She was also known for her quick wit and sense of humour, someone who was considered good company.

She loved art and produced many quality paintings and drawings.

She also enjoyed Scottish country dancing and carried this talent with her to Spain where she joined a dancing club near the family holiday flat.

After her husband died she continued to work to help others and she enjoyed holidays abroad, visiting Australia and Monte Carlo among many other places.

Ishbel enjoyed life to the full and considered her illness a nuisance as it restricted her in the things she wanted to do.

She lost her hair during chemotherapy treatment and was pleased that it grew in black with few grey hairs to show.

Ian Livingstone was a colleague of Ishbel on VAMW.

He said: “Ishbel led VAMW with great skill and expertise after the death of her husband. She was ideal for the task, caring and interested in the wellbeing of all those in her care.”

Councillor Jim McCabe, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: “Ishbel was a great supporter of her husband when he served as a councillor, and we often shared time together at civic events.

“There was no political divide; she was a pleasant and friendly person with a good sense of humour.

“She has left a great legacy in VAMW and will be missed.”