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Well known retired farming couple celebrate 60 years of marriage at their home in Huntly


By Pat Scott

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Alistair and Doreen Ingram on the diamond anniversary. Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Alistair and Doreen Ingram on the diamond anniversary. Picture: Becky Saunderson.

A well known Huntly couple celebrated sixty years of marriage last Thursday.

Alistair and Doreen Ingram were joined by members of their family for an afternoon tea at their home on MacDonald Street.

The company included Doreen's bridesmaid, her sister, Rena Shand, best man George Shand and flower girl on the day Sheena Reid.

They were visited on the day by a depute Lord Lieutenant, Clare Thorogood and Aberdeenshire Councillor Gwyneth Petrie who delivered gifts and good wishes.

The couple, who are both 82, grew up not far from each other in the Drumblade area - Alistair at Woodside of Corse and Doreen at Woodbank, Drumblade.

Alistair and Doreen Ingram with visitors on the day, Clare Thorogood, a depute Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire and Councillor Gwyneth Petrie. Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Alistair and Doreen Ingram with visitors on the day, Clare Thorogood, a depute Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire and Councillor Gwyneth Petrie. Picture: Becky Saunderson.

But they met in 1959 at one of the dances in the Templar's Hall in Huntly which were attended by around 200 people.

They married in 1961 in Drumblade Church and had their reception in the Huntly Hotel - the leading hotel in the town at that time.

They have two sons, Andrew and Alistair, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Diamond couple, Alistair and Doreen Ingram with some of their family on the diamond anniversary. Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Diamond couple, Alistair and Doreen Ingram with some of their family on the diamond anniversary. Picture: Becky Saunderson.

After their wedding they moved into the farm at Woodside of Corse.

They kept store cattle, pigs and sheep and Doreen was looked after laying hens and sold the eggs to generate extra income.

Alistair said: "It was hard manual work on farms at that time. Crops were cut with a binder and Doreen worked with me at that making stooks which had then to be collected up on trailers and made into stacks for threshing over the winter."

The couple retired into Huntly in 1998 and Alistair took over the day to day running of the farm with his dad as a regular visitor to help out.

Doreen ran a bed and breakfast for a number of years and now the couple keep themselves busy looking after their garden.


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