Bill Bruce, Forfar Probus Club president, gave a talk at the group’s latest meeting about his 22-year career in the Royal Marines followed by 25 years as a self-employed engraver.
A native of Peebles, he entered Marine training in Devon and nine months later returned to the Borders, proudly wearing the Green Beret. He became an armourer, served in Aden, Malta, Plymouth, Northern Ireland, Germany, Portsmouth and 45 Commando in Arbroath.
It was while in Munster with 17/21st Lancers he started making nameplates and inscribing regimental crests. Bill used his payoff into civvy street in 1984 to set up his own business - Tannadice Trophies. He retired in 2009.
Bill Bruce is pictured seated at his old engraving machine with Frank Robb who gave the vote of thanks.