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Couple celebrate 65th wedding anniversary

Alec and Sheila Carnegie recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary at their adopted home in Canada. our picture shows them on their wedding day outside the Seaforth Hotel, Arbroath.

Alec and Sheila Carnegie recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary at their adopted home in Canada. our picture shows them on their wedding day outside the Seaforth Hotel, Arbroath.

Alexander and Sheila Carnegie celebrated their blue sapphire wedding anniversary on April 2 after 65 years of marriage.

The couple met at a dance in Arbroath at the North Sea Hotel and were married at Arbirlot Church by the Reverend Matthew McPhail.

Mr Carnegie was born in 1922 in Arbroath, where he met his wife, Sheila Smith.

He moved schools frequently, between helping on the family farm but, at one point, touched down to attend Arbirlot Primary School.

Mrs Carnegie finished her schooling at Arbroath High School before going on to work for the Co-operative at the Westport.

Amidst farm duties Mr Carnegie began work at the age of 14 as a message boy with Direct Meat Supply before joining the Royal Air Force in 1941.

After he was demobbed from the RAF in 1946, he returned to Direct Meat Supply in 1949 when the couple set their sights on faraway fortunes and emigrated to Canada in June of that year.

They sailed from Southampton on June 21 and arrived at their final destination of Toronto, on June 30, 1949.

Mr Carnegie sought work at Canada Packers where he worked his way up to meat buyer, finally leaving the company in 1992 at the age of 70.

The couple have been back to Arbroath on a number of occasions to visit friends and family.

Mr and Mrs Carnegie have one daughter, Sheila, who also lives in Canada with them.

They enjoyed the day together and were very proud to receive a congratulatory certificate from Her Majesty, the Queen.

 

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