Deeside couple’s 70th wedding anniversary

The couple about to cut their anniversary cake.
The couple about to cut their anniversary cake.

A Deeside couple have celebrated a remarkable milestone.

Childhood sweethearts Charles and Janet McKay have reached 70 years of marriage, tying the knot on January 4, 1946.

Family and friends gathered to toast the couple, who live in Inverurie, on their platinum anniversary.

Charles, 89, and Janet, 88, met when they were pupils at Logie Coldstone School.

They were born and brought up on Deeside where he worked as a farm servant and his wife as a domestic worker. Charles and Janet spent most of their married life in Logie Coldstone and Dinnet.

They moved to become assistant wardens at Airlie House, Kintore, in 1981 and then to take over as head wardens at Hamewith Court in Alford in 1983.

On their retirement nearly 25 years ago they moved to Inverurie, where they made their home.

Grand-daughter Marion Anderson said: “They are a remarkable couple. Not many couples are lucky enough to get 70 years together.

“They are a bit of a double act and look after each other.”

Charles does admit the key to their long life together is agreeing with his wife.

He said: “Yes, dear - those two words are the secret.”

The couple have two sons and a daughter, eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Family and friends joined them for a celebration meal.