Two former Glasgow school pupils who became lifelong friends celebrated their 90th birthdays during the summer.

Fraser McQuiston and Alastair Ross met at the age of three when they were enrolled at the High School of Glasgow (HSOG).

The pair, who graduated in the class of 1951, have remained the best of friends ever since. 

When they left school both men enrolled in the National Service, with Fraser signing up for the Royal Army Service Corps and Alastair in the Royal Air Force.

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During their time in service, the friends had a coincidental reunion in Trafalgar Square in London. 

After serving their country, Alastair pursued a career in agriculture which was inspired by his time on family farms in Ayrshire as a boy. 

He then emigrated to Melbourne, Australia in the 1960s and spent a large portion of his life working with the Australian Wheat Board.

These days, Alastair finds joy in breeding his beloved West Highland white terriers - keeping a piece of Scotland with him.

Glasgow Times: Alastair RossAlastair Ross (Image: HSOG)

Meanwhile, Fraser and his brother John took over their family business D & J McQuiston after their father died in 1947.

He remained in the credit trade throughout his career, becoming an auditor before retiring in his late 50s.

He has settled down in Glasgow's Southside, where he enjoys good health and loves helping out his wife Sheena with odd jobs around the house. 

Glasgow Times:

Despite an incredible distance of 10,000 miles, the pair are as close as they were 87 years ago and still meet up on occasion.

They recently reunited at Gleneagles in 2019 and also made the trip to see HSOG as it is today, which ignited many fond memories of their schoolboy years. 

Glasgow Times: Alastair and FraserAlastair and Fraser (Image: HSOG)

Between them, the duo have four children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren who helped them celebrate Fraser's 90th birthday in June and Alastair's in July.

Karen McDonald, who is the director of External Relations at HSOG, said: “We love to hear news from former pupils and to learn of this decades-long friendship, despite the distance, between two members of our alumni community is truly heartwarming.

"Very many happy returns from all at HSOG to Fraser and Alastair!”