Happy He­len and Char­lie set a shin­ing ex­am­ple

The Oban Times - - News - EMMA CRICH­TON ecrich­ton@oban­times.co.uk

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.

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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

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