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Married for 60 years on Boxing Day

Irene and Terry Wood celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Boxing Day

Irene and Terry Wood celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Boxing Day

Montrose couple Terry and Irene Wood celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Boxing Day.

Mr and Mrs Wood, of St Mary’s Street, met at the Locarno Ballroom in the town in 1951.

When asked if it was love at first sight, Mr Wood (81) said: “Absolutely, Irene looked fantastic, she had bright red hair and big blue eyes.”

The couple were married at the Birmingham Registry Office on Boxing Day 1953.

Mr Wood said: “Being married for 60 years a great achievement.

“We both agree that life is for living. Do your best. Opportunities are there. Make the most of them. Cherish and love your family and count your blessings.”

They had a small family gathering on Boxing Day and will be having a party in February to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

The couple have a son, Graham (54), and a daughter, Lesley (50), and three grandchildren, Robbie (18), Jonathan (17) and Charlotte (16).

Mrs Wood (81) worked in the co-operative Emporium and Dunnet the jewellers, as well as working as a Sunday school teacher at Old and St Andrew’s Church for 34 years.

She owned a jewellers on the High Street from the 1970s to 1990 when she retired.

Mr Wood was an apprentice plumber at R Pert and Sons and rose to under manager. He also worked on the new GlaxoSmithKline factory.

He was offered a five year contract to take charge of all the plumbing of the new Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and was there for eight years. He then moved onto the government housing agency.

Mrs Wood said:“We travelled a lot for Terry’s work but we always came back to Montrose. It’s home.”

When he retired in 1995, Mr Wood moved into politics and was a Montrose Community councillor for 20 years, an Angus councillor, and a Montrose harbour board trustee for 10 years.

 

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