Local couple celebrate 50th anniversary

Jill and Ian Gray at the Peterhead Dorothy Perkins/Burton shop with a photo from their wedding day
Jill and Ian Gray at the Peterhead Dorothy Perkins/Burton shop with a photo from their wedding day

A Peterhead couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Thursday, March 16.

Jill (nee Heslop) and Ian Gray were married at Cornton Stirling back in 1967 and they were the first couple to be married in the new church.

The couple were childhood sweethearts and married when Jill was just 17 and Ian was 19.

The bride wore a dress and matching jacket from Dorothy Perkins and the groom wore a three piece suit from Burton.

The couple are both originally from Stirling but have lived in Peterhead since 1979 as Ian was transferred to the Blue Toon through his work as a Prison Officer.

Ian has also spent time as a Red Cross ambulance driver and worked with offshore Rescue Boats before his retirement last January aged 69.

To celebrate their anniversary, the couple were invited down to the Peterhead Doroty Perkins/Burton store on Thursday for a small celebration.

The couple attended the celebration with their daughter Wendy.

Speaking to the Buchanie Jill said: “I knew we were coming down to the shop but I didn’t know why.

“Although we have been married for 50 years we were together for five years before that and we are still in love.”

Jill and Ian are parents to Wendy, Mark and Paul, grandparents to five grandchildren and have one great-grandchild with another on the way.

Jill added: “Since Ian retired last year he has been ill but our family have been a huge help.

“I would like to thank Ian’s Macmillan nurse Carole Thornton as she has been brilliant and I’d also like to thank Claire at The Oasis for doing my hair.”