Diamond day celebration for Newmachar couple

special day: Edith and Henry pictured on their special day.'Picture: Susann Brown
special day: Edith and Henry pictured on their special day.'Picture: Susann Brown

Edith and Henry Dow celebrated 60 years of married life last Thursday (June 28) surrounded by their three children and eight grandchildren who all live locally.

The couple also received a surprise presentation from local councillor Fergus Hood who brought a bouquet of flowers and bottle of ten-year-old malt whisky on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council.

The Dows met at a dance at Ardoe Hall on the South Deeside Road. Henry recalled: “I didn’t have a bike so I walked to the dance, but she had a bike and I took her home. She sat on the handlebars and then I walked home.”

In November, three months later they got engaged and marriage followed the following summer. Henry said: “You cannot scutter about and you saved on tax. ”Tongue in cheek he added: “But then it cost me money to keep her.

The couple’s first home was a one bedroomed flat in Crown Street, and when the family started to come along, Edith and Henry first moved to Portlethen, and later to Newmachar. Daughter Lesley recalled: “Dad decided to rent a farm and become a farmer. That’s when my younger brother and I appeared.”

But farming was to be shortlived for the couple. The Laird decided to take back the farm. Henry explained: “He paid us to leave and so we moved to our present house in 1980.

After the children had grown up the couple travelled to various parts of the world – Canada, America and destinations in Europe.

Their hobbies included dancing, Bingo and tending the garden.

The couple put their lasting marriage down to “just loving each other”. Henry said: “We’re good together – we get on and we don’t fight.

“There’s nothing wrong with married life - we work together and that’s it, and we try to keep our heads above water.”