There were plenty of surprises in store for Eric and Aileen Ramsay on Thursday when they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
The well-known Kirriemuir couple had kept things quiet for their big day but there was a steady stream of visitors to their Beechwood Place home.
They included deputy provost Alex King, Kirriemuir and Dean councillors Jeanette Gaul and Ronnie Proctor, and Deputy Lieutenant Malcolm Taylor.
The couple married on July 4, 1953 at St Ninian’s Church at the foot of the Glengate, which is now the Boys Brigade Hall.
They met in the popular Visocchi’s ice-cream parlour in the Square when Aileen was 16 and working with the grocer J. B. Shaw. Eric at the time was a baker with C. R. Bolland in Glamis Road and, as it emerged, he went from “baking bread to breaking bread” when he joined the ministry.
Both from Kirriemuir, the couple set up their first home in the Roods and went on to have four daughters - Linda, Muriel, Joyce and Hazel. Linda and Muriel now live in Glenrothes, Joyce in Perth and Hazel still lives in Kirriemuir
Whilst Eric worked as a baker, Aileen was a full-time mum to their daughters when they were at school. She was a playgroup supervisor before going on to train and work in social work. She is now chairman of Kirriemuir Day Care Centre and loves baking to support local events.
Eric had a number of jobs including working in frozen foods, as a bakery manager and then with NCR. He answered the call to the ministry around 20 years ago, completing a Training for Ministry course run by the Episcopalian Church, He was given a linked charge in France and Greece, with the couple moving to the Cote D’Azur in France when Eric provided holiday relief for a friend. They also spent two sessions at St Paul’s, St Peter’s and All Angel’s in Athens, retiring to Kirriemuir 12 years ago. Eric, a keen golfer at kirriemuir, still conducts services at Glamis Castle. The couple, who have 12 grand-children and five great grand-children, celebrated their happy occasion with a family meal at the George Hotel, Perth on Saturday.