Local couple celebrate 60 years of togetherness

Celebrating their diamond wedding with family are seated Margaret and Robert McMillan, standing, son Phil, his wife Susie, Robert's sister Catherine and daughter Denise with ehr husband Bill Cochrane.
Celebrating their diamond wedding with family are seated Margaret and Robert McMillan, standing, son Phil, his wife Susie, Robert's sister Catherine and daughter Denise with ehr husband Bill Cochrane.

A CARNOUSTIE couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a family party on Thursday.

Margaret (83) and Robert (81) McMillan, Corbie Drive, marked 60 years of marriage with a trip to the Moness Hotel in Aberfeldy last week.

Originally from Dundee, the pair lived on opposite sides of the city, with Margaret coming from Ellengowan Drive in the east end and Robert from Cleghorn Street in the west end.

Both were educated locally, with Margaret first attending Glebelands Primary and then Stobswell Secondary, while Robert was schooled at Blackness and then Logie Secondary.

The future Mr and Mrs McMillan met, like many couples did at that time, during an evening of dancing at the Palais dance hall on South Tay Street.

The couple courted for around two and a half years before tying the knot at St George’s church on Bell Street, which has since then been demolished and rebuilt as student accommodation.

For their honeymoon, the couple spent two weeks at Margaret’s aunt’s home in Houston, Renfrewshire.

Margaret said: “It was Houston, Renfrewshire, not Houston, Texas! People didn’t go away to Barbados or the Seychelles in our day.”

Margaret worked first as a conveyancer for Reid Johnston in Dundee before it merged with Blackadders and she switched roles to executory assistant, a post she held for nearly 40 years.

Robert joined Dundee District Council as it was known at the time, and spent his working life with their housing division.

The couple have a son and a daughter, Phil and Denise,and there are two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Asked to give a few words of advice for couples considering getting married today, Margaret said: “I’ll give you the same advice that my mother gave me.

“You’ve made your bed, now lie in it.”