AN ARBROATH couple are attributing 60 years of happy marriage to not being just husband and wife, but best friends too.
Allan Doig (85) said he and Doreen (81) were able to celebrate their diamond wedding last Thursday because: “We love each other’s company, and we are best friends as well.”
The couple met at a YMCA dance in Carnoustie, in what is now the premises of Lloyd’s TSB, and Doreen laughed when she said it was really a case of their eyes meeting across the dance floor!
The lovestruck pair courted for 18 months before Allan proposed, and their engagement lasted 18 months while they saved up for the wedding.
They were married by Rev. Dr De Voil at Holyrood Church, Carnoustie, and held the reception in what is now the clubhouse of Carnoustie Yachting and Rugby Club, before enjoying a week’s honeymoon in the Grays Hotel in Portobello, Edinburgh.
Doreen originally hails from Carnoustie, and attended Kinloch Primary until she left at the age of 14 to take a job at Winter’s shoe factory.
She worked as a machinist making high class shoes for men and women in the factory at the bottom of Ferrier Street, on which site now stands the Lousen Park sheltered housing complex.
Allan has lived all his life in Arbroath, attending Ladyloan Primary School and Arbroath High School.
His working life has been varied, having at one time or another worked for the Eastern Mica Company making filaments for boilers and electric fires, served in The Black Watch, driven dumper trucks for Arbroath Town Council, was the first janitor at the newly opened Muirfield Primary School and spent the last 10 years of his working life at Halliburtons.
Allan and Doreen have two sons and a daughters and recently welcomed a third grandchild into the family.
The pair have many interests which they say keep them active, and they are a familiar sight around the town on their bikes. They also enjoy walking, reading, jigsaws and knitting.
Asked to give modern couples some advice Doreen said: “There’s got to be some give and take.”
To which Allan replied: “And make sure you let the wife win all the arguments!”