Platinum celebration for Robert and Mary

Robert and Mary with councillor Alan Gardiner and Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, James Ingleby
Robert and Mary with councillor Alan Gardiner and Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, James Ingleby

A St Fergus couple were celebrating last week after reaching their Platinum wedding anniversary.

The milestone means that Robert and Mary Morrison have been married for 70 years.

Speaking to the Buchanie, Robert explained how the couple met: “I was out in the fields and I saw her pass on her bike, I knew then that she was the one for me.

“I met her later on at a dance at Rora Village Hall.”

Robert and Mary married on September 29, 1945 at the Imperial Hotel in Peterhead.

At the time Robert was 20-years-old and Mary was just 19.

Before moving to St Fergus as husband and wife, Mary had lived at Rora and the couple spent some time at Tortorston.

The couple went on to have three sons; Rodger, Sandy and John, and they are now the proud grandparents to seven grandchildren and great-grandparents to 12 great-grandchildren who all keep Robert and Mary on their toes.

Commenting on their special day, Mary said: “It was a sunny day when we were married, much like the weather today on our anniversary.”

When asked what the secret to a long marriage is Robert said: “You have to do exactly as you are told,” while Mary believes it takes a lot of hard work.

The couple received a visit from the Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, James Ingleby, and Peterhead and Rattray councillor Alan Gardiner.

Cllr Gardiner presented the couple with a bouquet of flowers, a bottle of whisky and a card on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council.

Commenting on Robert and Mary’s marriage milstone cllr Gardiner said: “I am delighted to have been part of their special day. I don’t think I will be along to many other platinum anniversaries but it is a real privilage to have been asked along today.”