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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Party queen Bella still going strong at 95

A PARTY-loving lady from Annan is still going strong at 95 - celebrating her birthday in style this week.

Isabelle ‘Bella’ Bell marked her landmark birthday with a special gathering of The Monday Club at the Commercial Inn on Annan High Street.
John Steel from the pub, who runs The Monday Club, said: “She’s never missed a Monday.
“She sings on the karaoke and still gets up and dances away at the age of 95.”
Bella has been coming along to the club faithfully since it launched eight years ago.
And she makes plenty of effort with her fancy dress at special events such as at Halloween and Christmas – having previously dressed up as Satan, a snowman, Santa Claus and a Rastafarian.
Enjoying a chance to perform, Bella said: “John’s a good singer. He sings along with me.”
And pointing to her favourite tunes, Bella added: “I sing Unchained Melody, Elvis’ The Wonder of You, Teenager in Love, and You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine.”
The sprightly nonogenarian also enjoys a boogie at the weekly get-together, among other occasions.
Speaking at Monday’s special birthday bash, ahead of her actual birthday on Wednesday, Bella said: “I was out last night, dancing all night.”
But despite being very active, Bella reveals she still has scope to expand her social life.
With a hearty laugh, the lady dubbed ‘Queen Bella’ by her friends said: “I’m after a toy boy.”

FANCY DRESS . . . Bella has adopted a number of guises over her years with The Monday Club

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