A FORMER Carnoustie postmaster and his wife celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss last week, writes Johnston Ralston.
On Thursday afternoon Bill and Dorothy Middleton received a visit from the Provost of Angus Councillor Helen Oswald and Depute Lieutenant of Angus Frances Duncan, to mark their diamond wedding anniversary.
The couple were presented with a bottle of Glencadam whisky, distilled in Bill’s birthplace of Brechin, and a bouquet of flowers.
Bill and Dorothy met at a dance at the Locarno Ballroom in Montrose and were married at St George and Trinity Church.
Bill (83) grew up in Brechin and attended Brechin High School, his first job was as a telegram boy in the town for the Royal Mail.
In 1946 he was called up for National Service and was a telegraph operator in the RAF. When he was demobbed in 1949 he returned to work for Royal Mail.
He also worked at the Montrose office and in 1980 the Middleton’s moved to Carnoustie to allow Bill to take charge there.
He said: “I was in the Post Office from day one to the day I retired. A great place to work, an extremely happy place, not like what we have nowadays.
“I was in charge of the postal area in Carnoustie for the last nine years of my service and it was a post I enjoyed very much.
“I remember I was a telegram boy and this telegram came in for a farmer three or four miles outside of Brechin.
“He had to come and collect some animal from the railway station. To save him the journey the postman put them in the back of the van and took them all the way to the farm.
“These things happened in those days.”
Montrose girl Dorothy (82) was educated at the Townhead School and worked as a quality controller at Chivers jam factory.
One of their favourite pastimes has been travelling. Bill said: “Once we retired we went on cruises, sometimes two a year. I think it’s around 15 total that we’ve been on.
“We have visited North and South America, the West Indies, the Panama Canal, and a special trip to Australia for my 65th birthday.
“Our favourite trip was to Perth in Western Australia, that always sticks out in my mind.”
Asked what advice they would give a couple getting married today. Bill replied: “You have to be fair in money matters. That’s the biggest thing, we never had any problems with money. If you are fair with your cash you can’t go far wrong.”