Couple celebrate diamond anniversary

Deputy Lieutenant Kate Nicolson, Graham Stephen, Alison Coutts and Councillor Charles Buchan (back); George and Sheila Stephen (front).
Deputy Lieutenant Kate Nicolson, Graham Stephen, Alison Coutts and Councillor Charles Buchan (back); George and Sheila Stephen (front).

A couple from Cairnbulg are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

George and Sheila Stephen marked 60 years of marriage on April 29, surrounded by their family. The couple were congratulated by Fraserburgh and District councillor Charles Buchan and Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire Kate Nicolson.

George and Sheila brought up their two children, Alison and Graham, at their home on Westhaven Crescent, Cairnbulg, where the couple have lived for the last 58 years.

George and Sheila’s family, which includes four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, all live locally.

The couple celebrated their anniversary by having a family meal at the Tufted Duck Hotel in St Combs. George and Sheila received many cards, flowers and presents from family members and friends, as well as a card from the Queen.

Sheila worked in a number of shops in Strichen and Fraserburgh before marrying George and after they had their children. During his career, George was a joiner to trade, before serving in the army and later working for an insurance company.

George and Sheila won trophies for their prowess in bowling, many of which are displayed at the couple’s home.

Commenting on the secrets of a successful marriage, Sheila said: “We’ve had a lot of good moments. We’ve just taken one day at a time.”

Councillor Charles Buchan commented: “It’s marvellous to see such a well-adjusted couple, surrounded by their family, who have been together for 60 years. It’s such a wonderful example to other married couples in the community.”

Kate Nicolson, Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, added: “What a wonderful day and how wonderful to see a couple so happy in eachother’s company after 60 years of marriage.”