Brechin couple wed for 60 years

MR and Mrs Herbert Melvin.

MR and Mrs Herbert Melvin.

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Brechin couple Herbert and Margaret Melvin have reached a marital milestone - sixty years of marriage (writes Steven Rae).

Married on the July 27, 1951, in The Commercial Hotel in Brechin, now known as the Northern Hotel, the couple currently live in Gellatly Place.

“We met at the dancing, it would have either been the Coventry Dance Hall or Masonic Dance Hall”, said Heb, as he prefers to be known.

When asked if it was ‘love at first sight’, Margaret said, “I wouldn’t say that, we just both loved dancing at the time, and still do, although not as much now mind you.”

Heb added, jokingly: “She still throws me about sometimes!”

The couple both agreed that the key to their marriage lasting as long as it has is down to to “give and take.”

Margaret also said: “For a marriage that long, it needs to be like that. But 60 years? Some marriages don’t last six months these days!”

Both the Melvins were involved in the opera in Brechin and Montrose, with Margaret on the stage and Heb playing percussion.

Heb grew up in Brechin, having attended both Andover Primary and Bank Street Schools.

Margaret moved to Brechin in 1941, having moved around when younger, due to her father’s work with British Rail.

But having been in Brechin since 1941, she said: “I think I would be classed as a Brechiner now!”

Heb, who served in infantry in the RAF during World War Two, came out of the forces to find his job no longer existed.

He then found employment as an electrician, working out of Stracathro Hospital.

Margaret worked in various factories in Brechin, including Low’s, Gellatly’s and Tacalamet, where she worked until it closed.

Heb and Margaret had a family of two daughters, Doreen, who sadly passed away, and Denise.

They also have five grandchildren, who live in various parts of Britain, including London, Edinburgh and Durham. The couple are looking forward to a trip to London in August to visit their family based there.