A PARTY was held in the Helen Street clubrooms of the Arbroath branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland on Friday to celebrate the golden wedding anniversary of former publicans Ron and Sheenah Cargill.
They were married in Inverbrothock Church on March 3, 1962, by the Rev Richard Bishop.
For 37 years they were the popular hosts of the Corner Bar, Howard Street, until their retirement in 2004.
Both are native Arbroathians. Sheenah (nee McLean) attended Inverbrothock Primary School and Arbroath High School before taking a job as a clerkess with Lamb’s Garage, at Gayfield.
She worked there for two years then moved to Giddings and Lewis-Fraser, engineers, as a dispatch clerk.
Mrs Cargill left at the end of 1962 to have her elder son, Lindsay, but went back for a few months in 1966.
Ron was educated at Parkhouse Primary School, where he was Dux, and Arbroath High School before taking up a post as a chemist at Guardbridge Paper Mill, Fife, in 1957.
Three years later he moved to the Dowrie Works at Elliot as a chemist and remained there for six years before moving again, this time to Briggs Dundee where he was a research and development chemist.
However, in 1967 Ron and Sheena took over the Corner Bar from Alex Dinnie, initially in partnership with Sheenah’s father, Dave McLean, and later with her mother, Jean.
They proved popular hosts and saw many changes over their 37-year tenure, including the closure of Giddings and Lewis-Fraser and the construction of new houses in the area.
The couple have two sons, Lindsay (49) who lives in Carnoustie, and Stuart (45) who is resident in Arbroath. There are three grandchildren.
At the celebration Ron and Sheenah raised £1,560 for the Teenage Cancer Trust by asking their guests to make a small donation instead of buying a gift.