Life long service for Hugh (104)

Long service: Colonel Hugh Nimmo celebrated his 104th birthday at the weekend.  He has been an officer of The Salvation Army for 84 years.

Long service: Colonel Hugh Nimmo celebrated his 104th birthday at the weekend. He has been an officer of The Salvation Army for 84 years.

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A new international leader has been elected to lead The Salvation Army and one Salvation Army Officer (church minister) has seen all 20.

Colonel Hugh Nimmo has been an officer for 84 years and celebrated his 104th birthday at the weekend.

A party to mark the occasion took place with family and friends near his Leslie home on Saturday.

Colonel Nimmo was born while the founder, General William Booth, led The Salvation Army.

He travelled to The Salvation Army’s training college in London on the day of his 19th birthday in 1928 while the founder’s son and righthand man Bramwell Booth was General.

Colonol Nimmo was ordained as an officer in 1929, the famous year of reform for The Salvation Army.

Before becoming a Salvation Army Officer, he worked in the mines and in the mining office in Prestwick.

During his time as an active officer before retiring, Colonel Nimmo spent 23 years as a church leader, 10 years as a young leader, nine years as a leader of The Salvation Army in Scotland and five years serving in both England and Scotland.

Hugh married Dorothy in 1933 and shared ministry together until their retirement in 1974.

Dorothy sadly passed away in 1977 and he re-married a Salvation Army officer, Marion Walker.

Colonel Nimmo said: “I had a wonderful pilgrimage and I thank The Salvation Army for the wonderful privilege to preach the gospel.”

Major James Williams, who supports retired Salvation Army officers, said: “Retired officers are the backbone of The Salvation Army.

“They were once fully engaged in ministry work and, like Colonel Nimmo, continue to fulfil the call of God in their lives and in their community even beyond active service.”