Sandy and Jean celebrate 60 glorious years

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CELEBRATIONS took place at the home of a Kininmonth couple last Thursday as they celebrated a special 60 years of marriage.

Sandy and Jean Thom were joined by their extended family last week to mark the special occasion and were showered with gifts and flowers.

The couple were also paid a visit by Councillor Norman Smith who presented them with flowers and a bottle of whisky on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council, as well as receiving a card from Her Majesty The Queen.

The couple are, however, used to special occasions. Jean, a dedicated carer, was made an MBE in 1996 for her services to communities across Grampian, and later given a long-service award from Age Concern Scotland.

The couple met in their teens at a dance in New Leeds and married in 1951. They began their married life at Kininmonth Farm where Mr Thom worked as a farmer and Mrs Thom began her caring career, knowing before she married that she wished to help others.

The couple have two daughters, Mary and Wilma, and a late son Eric, who was killed in a plane crash in Asia in 1984, age just 27. They also have four granddaughters, three great granddaughters and two great grandsons.

Mrs Thom said they had no secrets as to how their marriage has been so successful, explaining: “We just gave in to one another’s needs. We didn’t bother arguing because one of us was going to win in the end!”

Mrs Thom still enjoys caring for others while Mr Thom spends his spare time bowling and gardening.

The couple have plans to celebrate the special occasion later this month.