Diamond couple

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A Durris couple celebrated their Diamond Wedding at their home last week, in the company of their children and a visit by Councillor Alison Grant.

Cllr Grant brought gifts of flowers and chocolates for Norah and Victor Wyness on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council, a visit the couple thoroughly enjoyed, and Norah said: “We had a nice day on Thursday and Cllr Grant was great. She stayed a good while and we spent a long time chatting. It turned out that she was at school with our daughter-in-law.”

The couple, who now live in Chapel of Garioch first met when at school in Banchory. Victor said: “We were in the same class at school and we were always together.”

Although inseperable and insatiable dancing partners, their relationship didn’t take a serious turn until Victor began his National Service and was sent out to India in 1945.

Separated for three years, the couple kept their romance alive by frequent exchanges of letters.

When India became independent, Victor returned home and resumed his original work as a meal miller at Durris Mill.

Two years later, on January 21, the couple became engaged and this event began a series of coincidence which followed throughout their lives.

The 21st of a given month was to prove significant in many of the couple’s milestones.

Their marriage on June 21, 1952 followed, with the birth of their first son, Alan on September 21, Alan was baptised on November 21 that year and on February 21, 1954 Norah went into labour with second son David.

Norah said: “The 21st for us has always been a very lucky day.”

Norah and Victor moved to a Chapel of Garioch croft when Victor took up work with Don Contractors.

They kept busy, looking after the cattle and bringing up the children, but the pair shared a love of dancing and frequented the tea dances at Inverurie Town Hall when they had free time.

Norah and Victor say that keeping busy, working together, fitting in with each other and bringing the children have been the recipe for their long and successful marriage.