Three score milestone for diamond couple

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hELEN and Graeme Paton spent a happy, emotional day with friends and family last Thursday (August 30) to mark their diamond wedding.

As childhood sweethearts, the couple met at school in Cove, when they were just 14 years old. Love blossomed and after school, Graeme became a joiner while Helen worked in a shop in busy Union Street.

During their courtship the pair enjoyed visits to the cinema, dancing, and spent many happy holidays on family farms.

Marriage saw a move to Mastrick where the couple brought up their two children. During this time Graeme became a driving instructor.

After 51 years they moved to Inverurie to be near their children and grandchildren and this is when Graeme took up Bowling. He said jokingly: “That’s when life began.”

Speaking of their life together, Helen said: “We’ve had a happy life, but you have your ups and downs like any marriage. There’s no such thing as a marriage without rows.”

The couple said they had been “overwhelmed” with cards. “It’s meant the world to me” said Helen.

Councillor Bryan Stuart also called in with gifts on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council, but the real celebration started when they embarked on their cruise ship to mark the occasion by sailing the Mediterranean.