Ian and Laura Buchanan from Bonnyrigg celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with family and friends last month at Melville Castle.
The retired couple – former shop assistant Laura (80) and former accountant and wages clerk Ian (82) – enjoyed a get together at the castle with their three daughters and one son, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Laura said: “I think we have both been very lucky with our characters, we come and go with one another, and support each other.
“We have been very lucky health-wise as well and we have a great family. I’m really lucky and I count my blessings.”
Was it love at first sight for the couple, who met at a Boys’ Brigade dance at Dalkeith Masonic Hall? Laura, then 18, said: “With him it was. It took me a bit longer! Ian was playing saxophone in Ronnie Fisher’s band, which was well-known at the time.”
Ian still plays the keyboard at tea dances and in care homes.
Laura continued: “I came from Edinburgh so I was a townie. Dalkeith was the countryside to me. Ian was born and bred in Bonnyrigg.
“We had our wedding at Greenside Parish Church, on Leith Street in Edinburgh and our reception was in the Royal Arch Halls, Queen Street. It was a lovely day with lots of family and friends.”
Ian worked for Reid’s Paperbox at Powderhall, the coal board for 12 years and Tennents Caledonian Brewery for 20 years, before becoming an accountant with Anderson Strathern and Balfour and Manson.
Laura worked at Boots at Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, until she married and later worked at the Little France Co-op, before fostering and childminding. She is a volunteer driver for Marie Curie.