A Kirkliston couple celebrating 60 years of marriage have told the Gazette that if they had their lives to live over, they wouldn’t change a thing!
Leslie and Audrey Wilson of 2 Liston Place in the village celebrated their Diamond wedding yesterday, and pride of place was the celebratory card from Her Majesty the Queen.
The couple, who met 65 years ago were forced into a long distance relationship.
Leslie, 84, the youngest in a family of seven, and originally from Stannington near Morpeth had travelled to Scotland when he was 19 for a holiday. He was offered work on a farm in Kinross and decided to stay.
Audrey, 83, one of five children worked at an electrical components factory in Blyth.
The couple, who met over a blind date after leslie’s sister and brother-in-law introduced them, continued their long distance relationship, with Leslie riding home to Northumberland every two or three months on his motorcycle to meet up with Audrey.
Eventually they married in 1955 at the Methodist Church in Blyth.
The couple went on to have four children of their own, three daughters and a son, Ruth, Mary, David and Grace, who now lives in Canada. They also have eight grandchildren and six great-grandaughters.
Leslie, a farmer all his life until retiring from Millrig farm in Kirkliston now stays active enjoying his hobbies of photography, gardening and woodworking.
The couple say the secret behind such a happy marriage is their love for each other, their family and their Christian faith.