Kathleen and Lin celebrate 60 years of marriage

Kathleen and Lin Gray celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.
Kathleen and Lin Gray celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

Kathleen and Lindsay Gray celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Monday at their home in Forfar.

The couple married on September 22, 1954 at the Seaforth Hotel in Arbroath.

The wedding was in the evening as Kathleen’s parents, Gordon and Annie Sturrock, ran Hayhillock Dairy at Carmyllie and the cows had to be milked.

The couple, both now aged 81, met at a dance at Carmyllie.

Kathleen was born at Hayhillock and was educated at Greystone School. She went to work in the family dairy whilst Lindsay, known as Lin, was born at Eassie Farm. His parents, William and Annie Gray, had nine sons and one daughter. He was educated at Kinnaird, Airlie and finally Logie School in Dundee.

Leaving school aged 14, he worked on farms in Angus, firstly with horses, then as a tractor driver and finally as grieve at Craignathro.

He spent 28 years at the latter before he and Kathleen moved in to Forfar, with Lin working nine years with Webster and Pattullo until he retired.

Kathleen worked in the canning factory and Strathmore Foods and was latterly a home help. The couple have one daughter, Helen, three grand-children - Chris, Mark and Lynne, and four great grandsons - Peter, Campbell, Julian and Ellis.

A keen bowler, the highlight of Lin’s bowling days was when he, along with Stan Hay, Archie Dick and Jim Thorley, won the Scottish Fours at Ayr in 2002.

The secret to their marriage success is “working together.”