60 years together

Isobel and Stuart Nicoll, who celebrated their Diamond Wedding last week.'Staff photograph
Isobel and Stuart Nicoll, who celebrated their Diamond Wedding last week.'Staff photograph

A CHANCE encounter at a Scripture Union meeting more than 60 years ago led to a lifelong partnership for Montrose couple Stewart and Isobel Nicoll.

Mr and Mrs Nicoll, who celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary last week, first met at a gathering in the Angus Hall when their were 17 and, after a three-year courtship, were just a few days after Mrs Nicoll’s 20th birthday. But their start to married life was interrupted suddenly just a week later when Mr Nicoll was called up for National Service with the Royal Navy and he was way for six months.

Although he was a slater to trade, having served his time with local company R. Pert & Sons before his National Service, Mr Nicoll found that jobs were difficult to come by and he decided on a complete change of direction. He became a lighthouse keeper with postings around the Scottish coast over several years while the couple raised their young family. They finally returned to Montrose where Mrs Nicoll worked in Chiver’s and then as an auxiliary nurse at Montrose Infirmary, from where she retired in 1989.

They were joined for their celebration last Thursday by their four daughters and three grandchildren.