Local couple’s 65th anniversary

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A well-known Arbroath couple recently marked their 65th wedding anniversary with a tea party in Monkbarns Care Home.

Sandy and Christian Thomson were married in South Church, Peterhead, on June 2, 1948. They came to Arbroath about 10 years later. Mr Thomson is now resident at Monkbarns.

Both are natives of the Peterhead area. Mr Thomson (85) was born at Udny and attended Blackhills Public School and Peterhead Academy.

He worked as a blacksmith and farrier with his father at Cowsrieve Smiddy before joining the engineering staff of Grays of Fetterangus who made agricultural machinery. He later moved to Fife where he also worked as an agricultural engineer.

In 1967 he joined the maintenance staff at HMS Condor and retired in 1993.

Mr Thomson was an elder of Arbroath United Free Church and is a former member of Arbroath Friendship Club.

His wife attended St Peter’s Episcopal Primary School and Peterhead Academy. On leaving school she became a sales assistant with Jack’s, a high class draper and outfitter in the town, where she remained until her marriage.

The couple have five daughters, Ann Burnett, Arbroath; Yolande Gordon, Arbroath; Victoria Russell, Spain; and Christian Hansen and Dianne Lacey, both New Zealand.

There are 12 grandchildren and about 20 great-grandchildren with another on the way. Over the years the couple have been foster parents to an incredible 111 children.

Once the children were able to look after themselves, Mrs Thomson became manageress of Fair City Decorators in Arbroath. She later managed the three local outlets of the Army and Navy Stores and latterly bought the Montrose shop. She retired in 1990.

Mrs Thomson was also a member of Arbroath Friendship Club of which she is a former president.