St Combs man to mark long service

David Forsyth from St Combs who has been working as an agricultural engineer and blacksmith for 50 years.'Picture by KEVIN EMSLIE
David Forsyth from St Combs who has been working as an agricultural engineer and blacksmith for 50 years.'Picture by KEVIN EMSLIE

A North-east man is celebrating a long service milestone next month by hosting a dance for family and friends.

David Forsyth, who is affectionately known as Davie, has worked as a blacksmith and agricultural engineer at Corsekelly Smithy, near St Combs, for 50 years.

David will be celebrating his 65th birthday in June and, as part of the celebration, will be holding a dance at the Ban Car Hotel, Lonmay, on Saturday, May 30.

David’s grandfather, George Forsyth, first came to Corsekelly Smithy in 1915.

The original house still stands but now forms part of the workshop. A new house was built around 1919 for his family as it grew from six to 11.

David’s father, Bill, went to work for his dad as did his brother, Andy.

David was born two months prematurely in 1950 at a little over 1.5lbs in weight. He was born in what is now known as the Smiddy House.

During his career, David went into business with his father in 1974 but they had been working together for some time before that.

Following his father’s death, David continued the business with his uncle Andy.

David married his wife, Linda, in 1974 and they have had three girls: Sara, Shona and Fiona.

Unfortunately, Shona was fatally injured in a horsing accident in 1990.

Sara is married to Brian Pirie and has a son, Finley.

Fiona now lives in the Smiddy House and does the book work for W. A. Forsyth & Son.

David and Linda built a house across the road from the Smiddy a few years ago.

Linda has been a partner in the business for many years and, until five years ago, took care of the books for the firm.

Now nearly 65, David is still going strong and has two full time employees.

David’s celebratory dance will take at the Ban Car Hotel on Saturday, May 30.

The event is for any customers, past or present, or local residents who would like to celebrate David’s long service.

There will be a presentation on the night and anyone who wishes to contribute can do so by contacting Fiona at Corsekelly Smithy or Tina Gibbons at the Ban Car.