Couple’s golden boost for charity

Gordon and Mary Penny , third from the right, at their golden wedding celebration.
Gordon and Mary Penny , third from the right, at their golden wedding celebration.

An Ellon couple asked for donations instead of presents at their golden wedding celebration - and ended up with more than £700 for charity.

Gordon and Mary Penny marked their 50 years of marriage with a party for family and friends in the Station Hotel, Ellon.

Around 100 people attended the function and £740 was raised which will go to the Inverurie branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Mary, 69, said: “We decided to ask for donations instead of presents, but never thought we would raise so much.

“We’d like to thank everyone for their generosity.”

Gordon, 73, and Mary welcomed relatives and friends from far and wide for their golden milestone.

The couple met at a marquee dance at Auchnagatt and two years later married in Ellon Parish Church.

Gordon was a former drum major in Ellon and District Pipe Band and one of the highlights of their anniversary night was an appearance by the band.

He said: “It was a really nice touch and brought back memories of my days in the pipe band.”

The couple have a son and daughter and two grandchildren.

And the secret of a long and happy marriage?

Mary joked: “Make sure the wife always has the last word!”

The Multiple Sclerosis Society’s activities include funding research, awarding grants, campaigning for change, providing information and support and investing in MS specialists.