60 years for former Herald man

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A former Arbroath Herald reporter and his wife, Arthur and Bette Binnie, have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary this week.

Yesterday (Thursday) the couple, who now live in Aberdeen, marked sixty years of marriage.

Bette and Arthur Binnie, were married in Hopemount Church, now St Andrews Church, where Bette was a Sunday school teacher.

In 1952 they relocated to Aberdeen following Arthur’s success covering three major stories for the Arbroath Herald.

They were the single-handed ‘pirated’ sailing of the Girl Jean fishing boat from the harbour by a local teenager; the dumping of the Stone of Destiny in Arbroath Abbey several months after it was stolen from Westminster Abbey, and the capsizing of the local lifeboat at the harbour entrance, with the loss of all but one of her crew.

During 10 years at Aberdeen Journals, Arthur was a general reporter, gossip columnist for the Evening Express and latterly the paper’s chief sub-editor. In 1964, he joined the BBC to oversee an expanding output from its Aberdeen newsroom. Later in his career he co-produced a documentary series on the offshore industry, worked as assistant editor on the Pebble Mill show and worked for Aberdeen Cable TV.

Bette, who worked in the Arbroath Guide office, is widely known in floral art circles, having served for several years as a Scottish executive committee member responsible for arranging demonstrations at clubs throughout the North and North-East.