New Deer teenage sweethearts celebrate 65 years of marriage

A couple who were told they were too young when they got married have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 4:24 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 4:31 pm
Harry and Margaret Finnie raise a glass to celebrate 65 years of marriage.

Harry and Margaret Finnie first met in June 1954 at a marque dance at the Redhill Crossroads, New Deer, when they were just 17 years old.

They got engaged on Christmas Day, 1955, when they were 18, and then went on to get married on Saturday, March 31, 1956, at New Deer Parish Church.

They got married on a Saturday and had to go back to work on the Tuesday at Eirne Lee, Haddo Methlick, where Harry worked as a tractor man, and Margaret worked in the Farm House.

The happy couple on their wedding day on Saturday, March 31, 1956.

They then moved to work with Hugh Tough, at Barnyards of Delgaty, Turriff, where again Harry was again employed as tractor man. After a few years they moved on to work for W Baxter, West Pitdoulzie, Auchterless.

In July 1960 Harry returned home to work on the family farm at Wellside, Balthangie, Cuminestown, Turriff, where they stayed until 2014. They have built a house on the farmland where they now live.

Due to their busy working lives, the couple haven’t really had time for any hobbies and have been dedicated to the farm.

It’s only recently that Harry has taken a keen interest in rugby, especially when Scotland are playing.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the couple have not been able to plan any celebration to mark the occasion of their 65th anniversary.

However, there’s a fair chance they will enjoy a wee dram of Brandy.

Harry and Margaret brought up a family of four girls, and now have five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

When they got married they were told they were too young, but 65 years later, with a few ups and downs along the way, they have reached a milestone of 65 years together.

The secret to a happy marriage, say Harry and Margaret, is hard work and plenty of “hame cooking”. Harry adds that “a happy wife is a happy life”.

Well, they haven’t done too badly, so there must be something in what they say..