Charlie and Bunty still smiling after 65 years of marriage

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A COUPLE who have spent 65 years together are celebrating their anniversary today, with greetings from the queen and local councillors.

Charlie and Bunty McKay, who stay in Mearns Close, received a commemorative bottle of whisky and basket of flowers from Cllr Richard Cowling on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council, as well as cards and letters of congratulation from the Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, the deputy Lord Lieutenant, and the Queen.

Speaking to the Herald, Bunty said that the secret to 65 years of marital bliss was “give and take.” In contrast, husband Charlie maintains that the words “Yes dear” are more important.

The couple, who are from a farming background and come originally from Dinnet, worked as wardens at sheltered housing in Kintore until 1992 when they retired and moved to Inverurie. They are parents to three children - Charlie, Robert and Janet - grandparents to eight, and great-grandparents to 17, including the latest addition to the family, Jamie, born on New Year’s Day.