AN ARBROATH couple have an interesting story to their 60 year marriage.
Robert (83) and Betty (85) Kerr were joined by around 30 family and friends on Wednesday at the Windmill Christian Centre in Arbroath for a meal to celebrate their diamond occasion.
The couple are originally from the west coast, with Betty hailing from Clydebank and Robert from Uddingston.
Betty went to school at Clydebank High School and Robert attended Uddingston Grammar.
Their unusual story began in 1947 while Robert was stationed in Aden, Saudi Arabia, with the RAF.
Robert’s sister worked with Betty at the time. Betty explained: “She asked if I would like to write to him with news of home.”
Robert continued: “We kept in touch and we met up in Glasgow once I was demobbed.
“We met at the Young People’s Rally in a church in Glasgow, the Victoria Hall, in 1949.”
The couple married in 1952 at the Windsor Rooms in Clydebank and took a week’s honeymoon in Edinburgh.
Betty said: “In those days that’s all you needed!”
The couple have since made up for their truncated honeymoon, Robert said: “We’ve travelled thousands of miles all over the world and last year we had an anniversary cruise to Alaska.”
After demob Robert worked in the finance section with the Northern Coal Board as a wages clerk at the Hamilton Palace Colliery in Bothwellhaugh, Lanarkshire.
Following indications that the colliery might close, Robert accepted a promotion to a post in the colliery at Machrihanish in Argyll.
Following an underground fire at Machrihanish, the colliery was closed down. Divine intervention illuminated their next move while attending Betty’s father’s funeral in Inverbervie.
Robert explained: “Our family was close by for moving to Inverbervie, and we took over a guest house called the Anchorage.”
The couple ran the 11-bedroom guest house for a few years before changes in the tourist trade encouraged them to move to Arbroath.
Robert said: “I got a post in the wages department at Stracathro Hospital and in 1960 they merged with Angus Hospitals and I was transferred to Arbroath Infirmary.
“When I finally retired I had administrative responsibility for all the peripheral clinics in the community.”
Betty was working as a personal secretary to a retired colonel in Glasgow when she first met Robert, and it wasn’t until they moved to Arbroath that she worked again, first as personal secretary to a Dr Forbes and then later to a senior nursing officer at Arbroath Infirmary.
The couple have two sons, Irvine and Douglas, and four grandchildren. Betty attributes their long and happy marriage to the exhortation found in 1 Corinthians 13 v4-8.