Diamond days for quiet couple

Mary and William (also known as "Taffy") Davies of Dalhousie Mains photographed on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.
Mary and William (also known as "Taffy") Davies of Dalhousie Mains photographed on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

Mary and William Tegid Davies admitted that family and friends were more excited about their diamond wedding anniversary than them.

The quiet couple from Dalhousie Mains, Dalkeith were married on September 12, 1957.Now, 60 years on Mary (82) said: “The doorbell hasn’t stopped ringing. But we didn’t celebrate at all to be honest. We’re too old. Newbattle Church had a tea and presentation for us, but we did nothing.”

The couple were married at St George’s Church on York Place in Edinburgh, with the reception at the Elite Hotel in Leith. Mary said: “I remember it like it was yesterday. We had lots of flowers and it was a nice sunny day, with lots of family and friends there.

“We never had a honeymoon, it wasn’t a big thing back then. We were married on the Thursday and he went back to work on the Friday. We just couldn’t afford it, in fact we still haven’t had one!”

And was it love at first sight? Mary said: “It took a while, mind you we met in December and got married the next September so maybe it was! We first met when William was up here with the army. He stayed and never went back. There used to be a carnival in Waverley Market in Edinburgh and we met there.”

Looking back on their marriage Mary said: “I think you have got to be honest with each other and you have got to come and go, that’s life. It’s a long time 60 years and we are still very happy.”

Welshman William (84)added: “I have been a lucky man, I can’t do any more.”

Mary was an auxiliary nurse and later worked for Laidlaws delivering car parts across the country. She retired early when William became ill. She added: “They gave him a year to live and that was 25 years ago. Thankfully he is in good health now.”

Speaking about his career William said: “My father was a farmer and I hated farming so I joined the army.”

After three years he went back to his trade, joinery. Retired now for 20 years, William does handyman work at Newbattle Church.

The couple have a daughter, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.