Long loyalty to Guthrie Church

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ON SUNDAY Mrs Catherine Strachan retired from her post as organist at Guthrie church - at the age of 96.

Today (Friday), is her 97th birthday.

Mrs Strachan was born in Strichen, Aberdeenshire, and studied Latin and French at Aberdeen University in the 1930s, graduating with Honours.

She spent a year as an au pair in France. She came to Guthrie in 1957 and taught at Guthrie School and various other primaries until her retiral from Colliston Primary in 1981.

Mrs Strachan has been organist at Guthrie and Rescobie since 1993, and prior to that part of the rota of organists set up in 1987. Before that she had helped out Mrs Archie and Mrs Seaton when they were on holiday.

She was one of the Guthrie Girls (Guthrie the What?), who travelled all over Angus and took great delight in being asked to entertain ‘the old folks’ when many were younger than herself.

The minister at Guthrie and Rescobie for 29 years, the Rev. Brian Ramsay, said: “She also played the piano for services I took at Turin House, Lochbank House and the old Whitehills Hospital.

“She is a very proud grandmother and since June 2011 a great-grandmother.

“She has been an absolute delight to work with over the years and we have shared many laughs. She still has a sharp brain and a wonderful sense of humour.”

Mr Ramsay concluded: “She has become a very dear friend. “