Chris and Sandra celebrate 70 years

A husband and wife duo have received long service awards for working with the Council for more than 70 years between them.

Chris Cobain has been with the council for 40 years. He began his career with Strathclyde Council in 1983 as a gardener and general handyman at Clarendon House on Bute, which operated as a holiday home for older people from North Lanarkshire during the summer. He moved to Kames Castle – a children’s home on Bute – in the winter of 1983, when Clarendon House closed for the season, before returning to Clarendon in 1984 for one more summer.

He started working at Thomson Home (now Thomson Court) as a driver/handyman in 1984 and has remained there ever since.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed all my jobs. I’ve also been a member of the bank of social care workers at Thomson Court although I have recently stepped back from this. I’d like to thank all the wonderful people I have had the pleasure of working with over the years at Thomson Court and Thomson Court Day Centre. They have been truly supportive.”

Chris’s wife Sandra is a Registrar and Service Point Officer based at Eaglesham House in Rothesay. She started working for Argyll and Bute District Council in 1988, on a six-month contract in the Poll Tax Office in Rothesay. Sandra then got a job with the rents and rates team based in High Street, and latterly Union Street, where she worked until moving to Eaglesham House in 2008 when it opened as a Customer Service Point.

Sandra says she ‘fell’ into working as a registrar but loves the role: “I was asked if I’d like to do some registration work alongside being a service point officer and I said yes. I love weddings, I love being part of someone’s special day. It’s the same with registering births; it’s such a happy time in people’s lives. At the same time, I like being able to help people in their time of sorrow when their registering a death.”

Sandra loves the variety her job brings. “No two days are ever the same and I like it like that,” she said.

Chris and Sandra have been married for 27 years and have two sons, Ryan, aged 26, and Marc, 22.