Arbroath diamond couples’ secret is talking

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AN ARBROATH couple celebrated sixty years of marriage last week.

David (83) and Flora (81) Fullerton were visited by family and well-wishers on the happy occasion of their diamond wedding on Thursday.

There was also a visit from Lady Fraser of Carmyllie in her role as Deputy Lieutenant of Angus, Councillor David Lumgair and MP Mike Weir.

David was originally a tractor driver in Inverkeilor while Flora hailed from New Pitsligo. The couple met through Flora’s father who was at the time a cattleman at Hilton of Inverkeilor.

The couple were married in the Central Dining Rooms, Millgate, now Saffron Restaurant, by the Reverend Charles Duff of St Vigeans Parish Church.

They took a week’s honeymoon at Cairnie, between Huntly and Keith, and then the newlyweds were straight back to start lifting the tatties!

David drove tractors for various farms in the area until he was 40, while Flora worked at many seasonal agricultural jobs.

In 1968 the couple moved to Arbroath where David had secured a job with Arbroath Town Council, as it was then known, as a road worker.

Flora got her first steady job as a sales assistant in Jack Yule’s shop in High Street, followed by a stint at Arbroath Laundry and then in 1972 moved to Don and Low’s box factory at Elliot, which is now Presentation Products.

David retired in 1990 due to ill health, and Flora also retired around the same time.

When asked if they had any advice to give to modern couples David said: “There has to be give and take, and there will always be ups and downs. I don’t believe couples who say they’ve never had a cross word.”

Flora added: “People need to take more time to speak to each other face to face.”