Couple celebrate 65th anniversary

John and Georgina Young celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this week.
John and Georgina Young celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this week.

A Deeside farming couple celebrated 65 years of marriage together this week.

John and Georgina (Joey) Young of Millan Court, Lumphanan, have spent much of their lives exhibiting prize-winning lambs at shows across the country.

The couple, who both come from well-known Fife farming families, first met at a Young Farmers Club dance in 1945.

Two years later, on July 2, 1947, they were married by Rev John Braden in Kirkcaldy.

Mr Young has also judged at numerous shows, including the Royal Highland Show. Until he retired, Mr Young ran Finmont Farm in Fife, where he was born, and together the couple have travelled to various shows, enjoying huge success with their prime lambs. This year Mr Young placed third, fourth and fifth with commercial lambs at the Highland Show in Edinburgh.

Mr Young, 88, once said that he had won so many trophies that he was having to hand them back to the shows instead of taking them home.

The retired farmer, who has lived in Lumphanan for the last fourteen years, paid tribute to the hard work of his wife, 84, who he said had been the “back bone” of the success, helping to get the coats white and leading the lambs into the ring.

The couple have a son, Jim, who is a Suffolk and Texel breeder at Muirton, Corse, Alford and a daughter, Jean Gilbert. They also have three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.

To mark their blue sapphire wedding anniversary Mr and Mrs Young enjoyed a celebratory meal with family and friends at the Deeside Activity Park last weekend.

They were then presented with a bouquet of flowers and a fruit basket by local councillor Katrina Farquhar on Monday.