Ellon couple’s diamond celebration

William and Iris Winton cut the cake at their surprise diamond wedding party.
William and Iris Winton cut the cake at their surprise diamond wedding party.

AN ELLON couple have celebrated their diamond wedding a week early with a surprise party.

William and Iris Winton were on a day out with family when they stopped off at the Poacher’s Rest near Ellon on Saturday.

Little did they know that guests were waiting inside to lay on a special anniversary event for them.

Son Kenny told the Times: “It was quite a surprise for them. They were speechless for a wee while but everything went well and it was a great day.”

William, 82, belongs to Portsoy, and Iris, whose 80th birthday falls on their anniversary on Saturday, was born in Montrose.

Kenny said: “We thought we would hold the party a week early so they wouldn’t suspect anything. Around £120 was raised from donations at the party for the residents of Bonnyton House in Ellon.”

Local councillor Rob Merson presented them with a bouquet and a fruit basket on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council.

The couple met in Aberdeen when William was a bus conductor and Iris was travelling to work. They have two sons and a daughter, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.