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From dance to diamond: Turriff couple Pat and Aileen Gaul celebrate 60 years of married life


By Kirsty Brown

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A Turriff couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with family, friends and fond memories this week.

One evening in 1957 Pat Gaul met his future bride Aileen at a dance at Logie Durno...and the rest is history.

On July 28 1962 the couple wed in Fyvie Parish Church before travelling into Turriff by taxi to celebrate with a meal in the Union Hotel.

Unfortunately this change in marital status meant Aileen had to give up her career with the British Linen Bank, but she quickly adapted to life as a farmer's wife on the farm which has served the Gaul family for generations.

The couple went on to have three children - Alan, Fiona and Gillian - and now also have three grandchildren to dote on.

Pat and Aileen Gaul celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. Pictures: Kirsty Brown
Pat and Aileen Gaul celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. Pictures: Kirsty Brown

They have many fond memories from family caravanning holidays and also from cruises which the couple enjoyed once their kids had grown up.

According to Pat, the secret to long-term happiness is having shared interests so that you can make the most of spending your free time together doing things you enjoy.

For Pat and Aileen this has been bowls, with both being active members of Turriff Bowling Club for many years in addition to their separate interests.

To celebrate the love birds were joined by friends and family for an afternoon tea in Turriff Bowling Club before the rush of Turriff Show weekend which they were looking forward to attending to support their son who is this year's president.

They were also visited by councillor Anne Stirling and deputy lord lieutenant of Aberdeenshire Steven Mackison, who congratulated them on behalf of their respective institutions.

Pat and Aileen Gaul celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. Pictures: Kirsty Brown
Pat and Aileen Gaul celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. Pictures: Kirsty Brown

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