Platinum wedding for Jim and Nancy Cruickshank

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Jim and Nancy Cruickshank toast their platinum nuptials.

One of a family of seven, Jim was born in Lonmay, Aberdeenshire in 1929 and worked alongside his father and brothers at Kingseat Hospital Farm in Newmachar before moving to Waulkmill Farm near Banchory.

Nancy, who is also one of seven children, was born in 1932 in Finzean and grew up at Powlair Farm, before moving to Aberdeen where she worked as a nanny

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They met at a local dance in Feughside and were married in the old Douglas Hotel in Aberdeen on April 19, 1952.

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The couple, who had a family of five boys, moved from Aberdeenshire to a dairy farm near Carluke in 1963, then expanded to another farm near Airdrie.

They farmed Kilncadzow Hill for many years while the boys attended Crawforddyke Primary School, Carluke Higher School and Lanark Grammar.

Jim and Nancy “retired” to a small farm in Little Brechin in the 1980s, where Jim started a gardening business while helping out at Forfar Market.

In their full retirement they settled in Kinghorn Place in Brechin where they lived until recently.

The couple have lived a full and happy life together and currently have seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Their best man, Colin Cruickshank, of Mintlaw, and bridesmaid, Jess Cromar, of Brechin were delighted to share their platinum day with them – an incredible 70 years since they saw the couple marry.

The combined age of the wedding is now 358!

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