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.”