A Monifieth couple looked back last week at 60 years of marriage and the happy coincidence that brought them together.
On Thursday Beth and David Neave received a visit from Angus Provost Helen Oswald, the Lord Lieutenant of Angus Georgiana Osborne and Monifieth councillor Rob Murray who came to share their happy day.
David (84) grew up in Aberdeen and met his future wife Beth (81) in her hometown of Inverness in 1951.
David explained the interesting tale behind their meeting: “I was a telephone engineer and I was sent up to Inverness for six months and we met in the Caledonian ballroom. Actually, we then discovered we both worked in the same building, which was at that time the old GPO.”
The pair were married in the Inverness Methodist Church three years later and honeymooned in Glasgow.
Promotion at work for David brought the family to the Dundee area in 1967 and they settled in Monifieth.
They have one daughter, Linda, who is married to Gordon Kohler. They have two children.
Asked if the couple had any advice for those tying the knot today David replied: “You should be able to take things as they come and don’t look too far forward, at least to start with.
“In our day we didn’t have much, not like the modern youngsters who go into the house and have everything to start off with. We had to work it gradually.
“We were quite compatible in everything we did and it worked out quiet fortuitously.”
Mr and Mrs Neave enjoyed a weekend of celebrations for their diamond anniversary with a party in the Woodlands Hotel for immediate family, a dinner party hosted by their daughter and a number of friends who visited on Sunday.