Grandparents lead the way for NE couple

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A rare feat was achieved by a young North East couple when they exchanged wedding vows earlier this year – with all eight of the duo’s grandparents able to take part in the celebrations at a combined age of 657!

Former Turriff Academy pupil Paula Gray married Newmachar lad Martin Gray at New Deer church on July 25, with the reception taking place thereafter at the Banff Springs hotel.

Paula, who works as a sales assistant at Harbro, and Ravenhill agricultural engineer Martin were delighted to have all four sets of grandparents with them to help celebrate their special day.

The newlyweds were able to take on board plenty words of wisdom from their grandparents, who have been happily married for a combined total of 240 years.

Martin’s grandparents Norman and Elizabeth Davidson were married in 1955, while George and Jenny Gray were married in 1952.

Paula’s grandparents Sandy and Jean Thom, meanwhile, were in 1951. Paula’s other grandparents Dot and Wullie Elphinstone were married in 1958.

When asked the secret to such a long and happy marriage Dot simply said: “A bit of give and take”.