Mintlaw couple mark 60th anniversary

David and Irene being presented with a bouquet of flowers by Councillor Lenny Pirie.
David and Irene being presented with a bouquet of flowers by Councillor Lenny Pirie.

A couple from Mintlaw have celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary.

David - or Davie, as he is affectionately known - and Irene McRae marked 60 years of marriage last Thursday, November 19.

To celebrate the occasion, Councillor Lenny Pirie visited the couple at their home to present them with a card and gifts on behalf of the community.

David and Irene have lived in Mintlaw for the past 22 years but are originally from Strichen, where they lived for 19 years.

Together, they have four children - two daughters and two sons, all of whom live locally - as well as nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Reminiscing about their wedding day, the couple said they married at the Church in Strichen before having their reception at the White Horse Hotel, which was then the Free Masons.

During his career, David worked on the farm for 40 years and also worked at Gray’s of Fetterangus and as a grave-digger with Aberdeenshire Council.

Meanwhile, Irene worked at the Co-op Bakery in Strichen, with Mac Fish in Fraserburgh and as a home-sitter with elderly people during her career.

David and Irene have said they are going to have a party with family and friends at the Palace Hotel to celebrate their special anniversary.

Commenting on the secret of a long and happy marriage, David said: “Do as you’re told and work together!

“We have a great family as well.”

Irene commented: “I have a good husband - I don’t know what I’d do without him.”

Councillor Lenny Pirie said: “I’ve known them and the family for 40 years.

“They’re a really nice family and I’ve always got on well with them.

“I’ve known David for many years - starting when we worked in the pig trade and farms.

“It was a big honour to present this bouquet today and I was very pleased to be asked.

“I’d like to wish them a long and happy future.”