Football ace gets gold in Canada

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A Ferryden man, who emigrated to Canada to become a structural engineer, and his wife have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

Albert Soutar and his Canadian wife, Myrna, were treated to a surprise party at their home in Victoria, Vancouver Island.

The couple met at work in Guildford, England, while Myrna was on an overseas working holiday and were married on May 4, 1963 at Ferryden Church of Scotland. They soon emigrated to Canada.

After some time in Vancouver, they moved to Victoria, where they have lived for most of their married life.

Albert and Myrna have two children. Daughter, Rhona, who is married to Steve and they have two children, Mariah and Ross; and Grant is married to Beth with a son, Joe.

All of those mentioned managed successfully to secretly arrange two surprises for the golden couple.

On Friday, May 3, a family dinner was held with 14 present, including Albert’s brother, Derek, who still lives in Scotland, and a close family friend Ian King.

Ian gave Myrna away at the wedding, and he was accompanied to Canada by his daughter, Jaqualine, who had been a flower girl.

The following day there was a party at which 40 friends from far and near celebrated with the astonished couple.

A newspaper cutting from 1956 tells us that Montrose FC inside-forward Albert (Ab) Soutar is the youngest player, and their only local one. He played team football since he was 12, and had four seasons with Montrose Vics. In his final two he was leading scorer with an annual tally of 50. He played a season for Roselea, and was their leading scorer with 25. With five goals he was Montrose’s top scorer since Willie Penman left Links Park.

Albert has asked the Review to say hello on his behalf to any old friends/ schoolmates in the Ferryden and Montrose area who read this.