Diamond couple celebrate anniversary

Grace and Ronald Park with councillor Alan Buchan and their gifts from Aberdeenshire Council
Grace and Ronald Park with councillor Alan Buchan and their gifts from Aberdeenshire Council

A Peterhead couple celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary last week marking 60 years of marriage.

Ronald and Grace Park, both 80, originally met in StFergus in 1948 when they were just 14-years-old after Grace had moved up from Glenrothes.

The couple met through their group of friends before getting engaged four years later when they were aged 18.

They married in Glenrothes at a small ceremony attended by friends and family on March 12, 1954 when they were both 20-years-old and luckily they had good weather for it as Ronald said: “The minister told us he had been out in the garden before he married us.”

After their wedding, Ronald and Grace moved to a number of places including Glenrothes and Fife before spending four years in England.

Ronald’s work involved spending time in the forces and he went to work for the National Service in the same year he married Grace.

After making a move back to the north-east, Ronald became a painter and decorator for Coopers of Queen Street and later set up his own business in Aberdeen until he retired in 1994 while Grace worked for Crosse and Blackwell in Peterhead.

The couple celebrated their Diamond anniversary on Wednesday, March 12 with Ronald celebrating his 80th birthday just days before.

To mark both occasions, their son Brian organised a surprise birthday and anniversary dinner at Peterhead’s Albert Hotel with 14 family members and friends on Saturday, March 9.

Brian is the couple’s only child and he currently lives in London but made the journey north to celebrate the special occasion with his parents.

When asked what the secret to a long marriage is, Grace said: “I don’t think there is one, we have had our ups and downs like everyone else and we are lucky to have had good health between us.”

The couple still keep active and enjoy taking walks which they are looking forward to as the weather improves.

Councillor Alan Buchan presented the couple with a bottle of whisky, a bouquet of flowers and a card on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council and said: “It is remarkable for them to reach 60 years as in this day and age most marriages last just a few years and they look extremely good for it.”