Couple celebrate 60 years of marriage

Pictured with John and Elsie Hamilton at their home in Carnoustie on Thursday celebrating their diamond wedding are Willie Porter depute lieutenent of Angus and depute provost Peter Murphy.
Pictured with John and Elsie Hamilton at their home in Carnoustie on Thursday celebrating their diamond wedding are Willie Porter depute lieutenent of Angus and depute provost Peter Murphy.

HISTORY repeated itself when a Carnoustie couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in glorious sunshine.

John and Elsie Hamilton, both 82, celebrated 60 years of marriage on Thursday at their home in Winter Place,.

John was born and raised in Carnoustie, and although Elsie was born in Arbroath, she, too, was raised in the town.

At Kinloch School, John was in the year above, although there is just over a month between them.

Elsie explained how their romance began, she said: “I invited John to my 16th birthday party and we’ve been together ever since.”

They were married in the Manse, Barry, by the Rev. Gillan, and skipped a honeymoon in favour of redecorating their new home.

John was an engineer by profession and served his time with W.G. Grants, which was briefly interrupted by his National Service with the RAF.

John continued: “I finished my time and went away to India to work, just for the experience of it. I worked for James Finlay & Co, looking after the factory at Rishra near Calcutta, for nearly nine years.”

The couple have two children, Shona and John, and left India to have them educated in Scotland. Upon their return John spent 10 years with DC Thomson before moving to ABM, a producer of malt for whisky.

Elsie added: “I actually started in the Co-op in Carnoustie. Then after coming back from India went to Wm Low’s for 20 years.”

John and Elsie also have two grandchildren, Sarah and Christopher, and four great-grandchildren.

Having lived in their Winter Place home for 42 years, the Hamiltons are ideally placed to give an overview of the development of the town.

John said: “The expansion of the town, it’s so much bigger now, it’s absolutely huge.”

Elsie added: “I remember I walked the fields to visit my aunt and there wasn’t a house there. It’s definitely a good thing.”

The march of progress is not without victims as John and Elsie pointed out: “Everything has shut down, there are no factories now. Ninety-nine per cent of the young people are all working out of Carnoustie.

“When you think about it WG Grant, SAI, the jam factory, Anderson Grice, the shoe factory and the canning factory are all gone.”

Their advice to modern couples tying the knot was this: “There’s a lot of give and take.”

The couple hoped to spend the rest of their special day enjoying the sunshine and were looking forward to the family gathering at the Aboukir Hotel on Saturday.