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Grangemouth’s Bill Ploughing on for 100 years

Bill Marshall has reached the 100-year milestone. Picture by Bill Miller Photography

Bill Marshall has reached the 100-year milestone. Picture by Bill Miller Photography

A ploughman has stayed on the right path to celebrate his 100th birthday.

Grangemouth’s Bill Marshall marked his major milestone with a party at Airth Castle recently, surrounded by family and friends.

The keen gardener and expert vegetable grower was delighted to receive his letter from the Queen and cards from scores of wellwishers.

Born in Skinflats on February 24, 1913, Bill spent his early life in the Port of Menteith, where he worked as a ploughman for a time before joining the Scots Greys regiment and serving in India, Egypt, Iran and Iraq.

Back on home soil, the former ploughman created a new career for himself in Grangemouth where, after a brief spell in the boatyards, he took up employment with Scottish Oils - later BP - and remained with them until his retirement.

Bill married Nettie Taylor in 1949 and the couple enjoyed 34 wonderful years together until she sadly died in 1983.

Having given up driving at the age of 94, Bill, a former member of Dunmore Bowling Club, now splits his time between his garden and having a natter with family and neighbours about the state of the world today.

 

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