Toon couple celebrate 60 years together

Councillor Fiona McRae presents Catherine and Alex with their gifts from Aberdeenshire Council
Councillor Fiona McRae presents Catherine and Alex with their gifts from Aberdeenshire Council

A Peterhead couple have recently celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary marking 60 fantastic years together.

Alex and Catherine Forbes reached their special milestone on Wednesday, March 25.

The couple first met at a funfair in Peterhead.

When Catherine was 17 she went into Strichen Hospital with tuberculosis and was there for nine months, but Alex visited her every Sunday on his motorbike.

Alex started his working life as an apprentice with Dougie Sinclair but was paid off after only two years. He then worked with Herd &McKenzie’s as a shop fitter.

Alex had a few other jobs before working with the Hydro Elecric Board where he was taken on as a relief for six weeks and was there for 27 years as a cable joiner.

Catherine worked in Ethel Duncan’s shop when she left school and has had various jobs during her working life including various fish factories as a filleter, Crosse & Blackwell, and lastly as a cleaner at Peterhead Academy and Community Centre.

The couple married in the Peterhead Methodist Church in 1955 and welcomed their eldest daughter Sandra two years later.

Their youngest daughter Pauline was born in 1959 and in 1964 they had a son, Alexander.

Pauline moved to Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two sons in 1990, while Alexander now lives in Fraserburgh.

Alex and Catherine now have a very extended family of nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

They both love going to the Masonic Club and dancing - Alex is well known for his dance moves although is not so able now as he suffers with COPD, but it doesn’t stop him from trying!

Alex and Catherine’s family organised a surprise celebration at the Palace Hotel on Saturday, March 21, for them to celebrate their Diamond wedding anniversary.

They also received a visit from Peterhead North and Rattray councillor Fiona McRae on Monday, March 30, and she presented them with flowers and a bottle of whisky on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council.

Speaking to the Buchanie, Catherine said: “We feel like we are something special as we have received a lot of surprises.

“We had a great time at our family meal and we had no idea it had been planned!”