Weel-kent couple go gold

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A well-known pair of Forfarians, Jim and Isabel Farquharson, celebrate their golden wedding anniversary today (Wednesday).

The couple, born and bred in the town, were married on September 23, 1965, at the East Church by the Rev. Lewis Hardy.

On Sunday they renewed their vows at the East and Old Church, the ceremony being conducted by the Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin.

The East Church closed in 1977 when the amalgamation took place.

Mr Farquharson was a joiner for many years before he retired, and his knowledge and advice is still eagerly sought through his membership of the church’s property committee.

His wife was a school auxiliary, and more recently head adjudicator at Forfar Academy during external exams.

She is an elder of the church and both get through “a power of work.”

Jim is a season ticket holder at Station Park, a less painful hobby than it may have been in years gone by, and both he and Isabel are keen walkers.

Indeed, they are both members of the East and Old Church Walking Group.

The couple have two children: Gary, who still lives in Angus; and Craig, now in Strathaven.

At Sunday’s celebration, Craig sang Giordani’s ‘Caro Mio Ben’.

Mr and Mrs Farquharson have three grandchildren - namely Scott, Graeme and Lindsay.