Joy for Ellon couple as they celebrate sapphire anniversary

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AN ELLON couple have celebrated their sapphire wedding anniversary, after spending 65 years together.

Alexander and Isobel Anne Adam married in 1947, and have been happily together ever since. The couple, who stay at Park Crescent, say that the reason for their marriage’s success has been ‘give and take’.

Alexander - who worked as a grieve and is originally from Pitcaple met Isobel - originally from Meikle Wartle - while she was working at Durno. The couple married in Daviot soon after the end of the war, in the year when the soon-to-be Queen Elizabeth had announced her engagement to Prince Philip of Greece, India had declared independence from Britain, and rationing was still in force.

“We had a proper cake despite the rationing,” said Isobel.

Isobel did clerical work, while Alexander worked as a grieve, latterly with Bruce and Partners. He retired at age 83.

“She was the only girlfriend I have ever had,” Alexander told the Times. “That’s maybe unusual today!”

The successful marriage went on to produce four children, (three daughters and one son), six grandchildren and two great-grand children.

Speaking of how they had stayed together, the couple admitted that while they did disagree, they found it easy to make up.

The couple were visited by Ellon and District Cllr Richard Thomson, who presented the traditional bouquet of flowers and bottle of Aberdeenshire Council whisky. They also received cards from the Lord Lieutenant and the Queen.

The Adams celebrated with a low-key family dinner on Thursday.