Couple celebrate 69 years of marriage

Pictured in Tarriebank Arbroath on Monday are Hugh and Janet Fleming who are celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary today. With them are some of the home's staff and carers.

Pictured in Tarriebank Arbroath on Monday are Hugh and Janet Fleming who are celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary today. With them are some of the home's staff and carers.

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AN ANGUS couple celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary this week at a retirement home near Arbroath.

Hugh and Janet Fleming celebrated 69 years together on Monday at Tarriebank Care Home where staff members presented them with cards, a cake and a beautiful vase of flowers.

A slightly flabbergasted Mrs Fleming said: “I had no idea it was today, I didn’t remember until this morning!”

Originally from Lanarkshire, Janet comes from Stonehouse, while Hugh hails from Strathaven, the town in which the couple first met.

At the time Janet worked as a dispenser for a chemist in Stonehouse, and Hugh as an engineer at an aircraft factory in Airdrie.

The pair were married at Paterson Church in Stonehouse, at around the same time that Montgomery was taking command of the British 8th Army at El-Alamein.

The newlyweds honeymooned in Edinburgh for several days, taking in the sites of the city, and visiting what attractions were still open.

After the war, Hugh was put in charge of managing two farms in Angus, and upon their retirement the couple settled in Montrose, and in 2009 moved again to Tarriebank House.

The Flemings have two sons, Ian and David, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs Fleming said: “This was all a big surprise, I am very, very pleased with these lovely flowers.”

When asked what the secret of their long and happy marriage was, Mrs Fleming said: “Working together and always helping each other.”