Happy Helen and Charlie set a shining example
SAYING sorry is the key to a long and happy marriage, said Charlie Geddes, as he celebrates his diamond anniversary with his wife, Helen.
The 82-year-old also joked that apologising even when he hasn’t done anything wrong has kept the couple together for the last 60 years.
Married in St Columba’s High Church, Inverness, on August 30 1955, the happy couple first met when they worked together at A Cameron and Sons shop in the city.
Mrs Geddes, also 82, said: ‘I was only 15 at the time and we were all waiting to see who the new boy was. I even said to my friend “Oh, it could be a new boyfriend for me”. It must have been fate.’
But the it wasn’t to last as Helen, then Dixon, set off for Africa to work in Nairobi, returning two years later to rekindle the romance.
In 1972 the pair set their sights on Oban when Mr Geddes had the opportunity to open a branch of a clothes shop, A Caird and Sons, and arrived in the town with their two children, Karen and Martyn, now 58 and 54 respectively.
Mr Geddes said the highlights of the marriage have been ‘all the babies’. The couple are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.
He added: ‘Meeting all of the babies has been great, so was seeing how well our children have done, but there are lots of happy memories, there have been so many.’
Asked the secret to a happy marriage, Mr Geddes said: ‘Saying sorry all the time. Even when I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong’, while Mrs Geddes added: ‘Just loving each other. We rarely fight and we never have. There’s no point in arguing, it doesn’t solve anything.’
They plan to spend next weekend celebrating with their family in Glenrothes.
WEDDED BLISS: Helen and Charlie Geddes celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary
A DAY TO REMEMBER: Charlie and Helen Geddes cut the cake on their wedding day 60 years ago