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Six decades of love for North-east couple


By Kyle Ritchie

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Love will certainly be in the air for an Ellon couple this weekend who will celebrate Valentine's Day for a 63rd time.

Andrew (Andy) and Iris Lamb (nee McKay), believe they can give couples of all ages some simple tips for a long and successful marriage after six decades together.

They say that the key is to be kind and to help each other through both the good and difficult times.

On their 63 years together, Andy (81) said that Iris (80) is still as beautiful as the day he met her, that he would not change a thing about her – and that he has to do as he is told.

While Iris praises Andy for his good looks and helpfulness, adding that she still loves him very much after so many years together.

Andrew and Iris Lamb.
Andrew and Iris Lamb.

The doting pair is celebrating this Valentine’s Day at Auchtercrag House care home where they have both lived since June 2020.

Andy and Iris first set eyes on each other in 1958 when Andy and his friend Fred were enjoying a few drinks in the pub.

They then went to a dance at Belhelvie Hall and met with "two beautiful girls called Iris and Eileen".

Andy and Iris courted for three years before getting married at Belhelvie Church in July 1961.

The pair were visiting Andy’s grandmother in Turriff when Andy proposed.

They were married in July 1961 and have been inseparable ever since.

They have three children together, Audrey, Allan and Val.

The couple were married in July 1961.
The couple were married in July 1961.

Auchtercrag's care home manager Rae Paterson said: “Andy and Iris are a lovely couple and it’s a real pleasure to have them living with us at Auchtercrag.

"They are always holding hands and enjoy the company of our other residents and have a brilliant relationship with all of our staff.

“After all these years, Andy and Iris still look after each other and you can really see and feel the love they have for each other; it brings such warmth to Auchtercrag.”

Set within Ellon, Auchtercrag House is a purpose-built facility providing care to residents with a range of conditions and needs from dementia to palliative care.


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