Monifieth couple celebrate 70 years of marriage

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A Monifieth couple have celebrated a remarkable milestone of 70 years of marriage.

Jim and Peggy Anderson, aged 92 and 89, reached their platinum wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

They were visited by Alex King, depute provost of Angus, and Dr Sandy McKendrick, deputy lieutenant of Angus.

Jim, from Newtyle, and Peggy, originally from Bristol, met in November 1944 at an engagement party in Southmead, Bristol, when Jim was stationed there with the RAF. Jim was 20 and Peggy was 17.

Jim said: “I was in the Air Force and there was a notice on the board that said there was an engagement party and RAF boys were invited.

“I was by myself and Peggy came up to me and said, ‘you better come and dance with me then’.”

The two were married two years later in 1946 in a church in Westbury on Trym in Bristol.

In 1959 Jim was posted to Australia with the RAF and the couple emigrated out there.

Peggy had worked in an office until she and her husband moved to Australia.

She said: “I finished school on the Friday and started work on the Monday. I was 14.”

In 1971, Jim was sent to Africa and he and Peggy lived there until 1973 when he was posted back to Australia.

The couple moved back to the UK in 1978 and Jim retired.

They went back to Bristol first and then moved to Angus.

Peggy said: “We always said we’d move to Scotland when Jim retired. We came here to settle down.

“We’ve had a nice life.”

Jim and Peggy celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary with an afternoon tea at their neighbour’s house.

When asked what the secret to 70 years of marriage was Jim said: “All you need is love.”

Jim’s father, Alfred Anderson, was the oldest man in Scotland when he passed away at the age of 109 in 2005.

Alfred Anderson was the last of the “Old Contemptibles” - the British expeditionary force which went to war in 1914 - and the last surviving witness of the historic Christmas truce when opposing troops declared a brief and unofficial ceasefire to play football and shared drinks and cigarettes in no man’s land. Mr Anderson served with the 5th Battalion the Black Watch until he was wounded by shrapnel in 1916.