60 years of wedded bliss for John and Rita

ARBROATH couple John and Rita Norrie marked their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss.

The pair married on December 15, 1951, at Ladyloan Church by the Rev. John E. Poole.

Mr Norrie is native to Arbroath, attending Inverbrothock and the High School, while Mrs Norrie was born in Dundee and came to the town as a young child. She then went to St Vigeans and the High School.

Before retiring Mr Norrie served an apprenticeship with Alex Shanks and then qualified as a teacher of engineering, teaching at various schools and colleges in the local area.

Mrs Norrie, who is the daughter of former Arbroath councillor Harry Farmer, worked as a secretary with Neil and Gibb solicitors and also at Arbroath Infirmary.

The couple have two daughters, Janice Fyffe and Alison Geddes and a son Graham. There are also six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The pair are both still very active and have many hobbies to keep them occupied.

They have both been members of the Forfar and District Hillwalking Club since 1966 and were made honorary members of the club in 2006.

They have also completed the munros and have given 50 years’ service to Tayside Mountain Rescue.

Mr Norrie still plays the bagpipes, while Mrs Norrie still sings with the Elizabeth Gordon Singers and In Harmony. She has also given 25 years of service to Arbroath Music Festival.

Mr Norrie says sharing everything and having hobbies together is the key to a long and happy marriage and they also enjoy Scottish ceilidh dancing which they do weekly.

On Thursday, they were visited at their home at Elliot by depute lord lieutenant of Angus Willie Porter and depute provost of Angus Peter Murphy to congratulate them on their milestone.

On Friday they then held a party for family and friends at the Bell Rock restaurant.