Diamond wedding anniversary celebrations

David and Janet Myles are pictured cutting their caske at their Diamond Wedding celebration in the Glenesk Hotel.

David and Janet Myles are pictured cutting their caske at their Diamond Wedding celebration in the Glenesk Hotel.

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A WELL-KNOWN Edzell couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary this week.

David and Janet Myles, who were married on February 7, 1951 at Keith Hall Church in Inverurie, celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary with a party at the Glenesk Hotel on Sunday, a get-together which was attended by 80 friends and family.

This included all but one member (who was unable to attend) of David and Janet’s wedding party.

On Monday, David and Janet received a visit from the Provost Ruth Leslie Melville.

The couple received a congratulatory card from the Queen to mark their sixty years of marriage.

David and Janet were both founding members of the Angus young farmers and it was at a young farmers dance in the Masonic Temple Hall, Market Street, Brechin, that the couple met.

David, who was in the Royal Marines at the time was introduced to Janet through his cousin, who was also a friend of Janet. Five years later the couple got married.

Janet said: “We got married at the Keith Hall Church which was beside the school.

“The children at the school had not seen a wedding for many, many years, so when we got married they came out of school and lined all the wall of the church.”

Following their wedding day the couple took the train to London for their honeymoon, staying at the Regent Palace Hotel.

For a short time after the wedding the couple stayed with David’s parents until their new home, which was being built for them, was ready for them to move into.

The bungalow, then called the Seven Trees is now home to David’s son and his family.

Over the years David worked from home spending seven years as an under shepherd. During the period of 1979-1983 David was a MP for Banff.

To this day David still works at the family farm, going there seven days a week.

David still enjoys curling and regularly plays at the Edzell Curling Club.

Janet spent time looking after her brother just before she got married and also worked at the North of Scotland Bank. Janet is keen bridge player and plays every Thursday with her bridge partner Edith Argo.

David and Janet have four children, Catherine, Robert, Laurna and Peter.

They have twelve grand-children and three great grandchildren.