Visitors help celebrate couple’s diamond day

Pictured at their home in Monifieth on Thursday are Alex and Margaret Scott who are celebrating their diamond wedding. With them is Willie Porter depute lieutenent of Angus, left and depute provost of Angus Peter Murphy with members of their family.

Pictured at their home in Monifieth on Thursday are Alex and Margaret Scott who are celebrating their diamond wedding. With them is Willie Porter depute lieutenent of Angus, left and depute provost of Angus Peter Murphy with members of their family.

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A MONIFIETH couple celebrated their diamond wedding at home last week with their family, writes Johnston Ralston.

Margaret and Sandy Scott were visited by the Deputy Provost Peter Murphy and Deputy Lieutenant Willie Porter on Thursday afternoon to present their traditional gifts of flowers and cards.

Sandy and Margaret, originally from Dundee, like many couples of their era met at the country dancing at the Old Palais on the Seagate.

They courted for about two and a half years before they married at St Peter’s Vestry on the Perth Road.

The couple then took a train to Dunfermline where they spent a week enjoying their honeymoon.

Margaret said: “It was all we could afford at the time, those were poorer days.”

Sandy had recently completed his National Service as a hospital cook in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Singapore, and was a butcher when he met Margaret, herself a chocolate dipper at Keillor’s.

The pair spent their working lives in Dundee. Sandy was 20 years as a butcher before completing another 20 as a postman, and Margaret swtiched to being a warden at a sheltered housing complex.

When the couple retired around 27 years ago they moved to a lovely little cottage in Monifieth to spend their retirement together.

Both keen bowlers, the couple are members of Grange Bowling Club, and believe the key to a strong marriage is the ability to laugh.

When asked if they had ever been given any advice for their wedding, Sandy piped up: “On the way to the wedding the driver stopped at some lights and said to me ‘Go on Sandy, now’s your chance!’

“That wasn’t good advice and I’m glad I didn’t take it.”

The couple have a son and a daughter, Ailleen and Ian, who have four grandchildren, and in their turn five great-grandchildren.

The family will gather tonight (Friday) at Monifieth Golf Club with all their family and friends to celebrate the happy occasion.