Geordie and Jessie Gibb celebrate 65 happy years

NEW PITSLIGO couple, Geordie and Jessie Gibb, of Brae Neuk, celebrated their 65th anniversary with a small party for family and close friends at the 4Cs Cafe in the village on December 27.

The couple were married on December 27, 1944 at Rathen Hall by Rev. James McEwan who stood in to officiate as the regular minister was on holiday.

The couple met at a dance in the same hall and although Jessie was a little coy about their first impressions of each other, said that they must have been attracted by something as they are still together today.

When they were first married they lived in a cotter house at Geordie's parents' farm at Red House, Rathen, before moving to take over a tenancy at West Craigmaud Farm, New Pitsligo in 1946.

In 1960 they bought the dairy farm at Smiddyhill, Fraserburgh, and six years later they moved from their Netherton Dairy, New Pitsligo, where they continued to farm until their retirement in 1976. Their son George now runs the farm.

After their retirement they moved into the village where they ran a bed and breakfast for a number of years.

Jessie said: "It's been a busy life, hard at times but you just get on with it. We've enjoyed it."

And their ingredient for a long and happy marriage? "Hard work and just being there for one another. We've had our up's and down's like everybody, but we're still together."

The couple celebrated with a buffet with members of their immediate family and close friends at the 4Cs Cafe in the village, a place with which Jessie has had a major involvement over the years.

"We had an excellent buffet which went down very well. It was fine being able to catch up with everybody," she said.

Jessie has expressed her thanks to the cafe staff and to everyone who sent them cards and good wishes.

The family joined forces to buy the couple a computer, printer/scanner and a microwave as they desperately needed updating. Jessie went to computer classes in the village for a 10-week session and before long was sending out birthday cards, making Christmas labels etc.

The couple have had seven children, Bill, George, Patsy, Alan, Janet, Marlyn and Robert, 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Their eldest, Bill Gibb, was the renowned fashion designer who, during the 1970s and the 1980s, was a hugely-respected international style and fashion icon and clothing designer who was much in demand exhibiting his designs all over the world. Many celebrities and stars wore his clothing including Twiggy, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins and Bianca Jagger. Examples of his clothing are on display at Fraserburgh Heritage Museum.

Among the accolades Bill received were Vogue Designer of the Year Award, while he also became a Fellow of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers.

Sadly, Bill died of bowel cancer in January 1988. In 2006 he received a posthumous honour when he was inducted to the Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame.