Diamond couple celebrate big day

Diamond Wedding: Isobel and John Simpson
Diamond Wedding: Isobel and John Simpson

Inverurie couple, Isobel (Doll) Simpson and husband John (Alistair) Simpson celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last Thursday (January 12).

Alistair and Doll, as they are known to their family were presented with a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of whisky by Inverurie and District councillor, Martin Kitts-Hayes, who paid a visit to congratulate the couple on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council, and among the many cards was the customary one from Her Majesty the Queen.

The Simpsons met at a dance at Keithhall when they were both still in their teens. It was a chance meeting as John, originally from Newmachar, rarely attended dances. He said Isobel was the dancer out of the two, but that chance meeting led to their eventual marriage at Inverurie West Church, some five years later.

For a time, the couple lived in Aberdeen before moving back to Inverurie. Isobel worked in an office in the City, while John pursued his trade as a joiner.

The couple have one son, James, and two granddaughters, Vicky and Lisa.

During the course of married life, Doll and Alistair enjoyed trips abroad with their caravan. They travelled extensively in Europe and also ventured across the pond to America, which they enjoyed very much.

The couple will celebrate their diamond day at the Kintore Arms hotel, the very venue where they celebrated their wedding 60 years ago, after granddaughter Vicky returns from Hong Kong.