60 diamond years for Inverurie couple

Diamond Celebrations: Olive and Ber celebrate 60 years of wedded bliss and enjoyed a wonderful day surrounded by family. Picture: Susann Brown
Diamond Celebrations: Olive and Ber celebrate 60 years of wedded bliss and enjoyed a wonderful day surrounded by family. Picture: Susann Brown

OLIVE and Albert (Bert) Strachan celebrated their 60 wedding anniversary last Thursday (October 25).

As well as the customary card from Her Majesty, the couple were presented with a bouquet of flowers and bottle of ten-year-old malt from local councillor Richard Cowling who brought the gifts on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council. Mike Tait, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, also congratulated the couple in person.

With all their family around them, Olive and Bert enjoyed a festive lunch at Fennel and finished their special day with a sumptuous celebration dinner at Meldrum House.

The diamond couple hailed from Bourtie where they’d “see each other in passing now and then”, but their first formal meeting took place at Bourtie Youth Club in 1948.

Settling into married life, Olive and Bert’s four children came along and while Bert’s job as a tractor man kept him busy, Olive brought up the children. The diamond celebrations came as a surprise. Olive said: “We weren’t expecting anything. The family knew something was on the go but never told us.”

“But the family fairly looked after us” said Bert.

Speaking of their marriage, Bert said: “I’ve no regrets. You have your ups and downs and just get on with it.” Tongue in cheek, Olive added: “And there’s nothing wrong with a healthy spat every now and again.”

The couple have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren,