The Scotsman

Wed­ding cake jour­neys to Sil­i­con Val­ley – and back – for 50-year mile­stone

- By SHONA EL­LIOTT Celebrity Weddings · Celebrities · Edinburgh · California · Corstorphine · John Watson · San Francisco · Dr. Watson · Pathhead · Signetics

A wed­ding cake that new­ly­weds took with them from Ed­in­burgh to Cal­i­for­nia half a cen­tury ago will re­turn home to the Scot­tish cap­i­tal to mark the cou­ple’ s 50 th wed­ding an­niver­sary.

Ron Le ckie grew upon Rankeil­lor Street in Corstor­phine in the 1960s and his fam­ily owned a well-known coal busi­ness op­er­at­ing from St Leonard’s de­pot. He met wife Rhondda Leckie from Cler­wood in 1965 on a blind date or­gan­ised by friends dur­ing his fi­nal year of study at John Wat­son’ s School on B el ford Road.

The pair soon fell in love and stayed to­gether while Ron stud­ied en­gi­neer­ing at He­ri­otWatt Univer­sity and Rhondda worked in the civil ser­vice at St An­drew’s House.

Shortly after Ron’s grad­u­a­tion, the young cou­ple mar­ried in a small cer­e­mony at Greyfri­ars Kirk, which they fondly re­mem­ber as a “won­der­fully his­toric lo­ca­tion to be mar­ried in”.

At the re­cep­tion, the cou­ple had an el­e­gantly frosted wed­ding cake pur­chased from Wahlb erg’s Baker y in Path­head. As cus­tom dic­tates, the cou­ple held on to the top tier for use at their first child’ s chris­ten­ing.

The new­ly­weds kept the pre­cious cake packed safely away in at in in their Ed­in­burgh home hope­fully await­ing news that Rhondda was ex­pect­ing.

How­ever, as the years passed this news did not come.

But in the mean­time, the cou­ple took on an ad­ven­ture of a life­time after Ron was of­fered a job in Cal­i­for­nia through Amer­i­can com­pany Sig­net­ics. The ad­ven­tur­ous pair moved from their home in Ed­in­burgh to Sil­i­con Val­ley, south of San Fran­cisco, in 1976 where they have lived ever since.

Ron said: “My wife kept the cake in a sealed tin and it em­i­grated with us.” While set­ting up their new life in Cal­i­for­nia the old tin con­tin­ued to gather dust and then 18 years after be­ing mar­ried a de­lighted Rhondda gave birth to a baby girl named Su­san.

Ron said: “It was not till we star ted to plan cel­e­bra­tions for our Golden Wed­ding an­niver­sary we thought it would be good to blow the dust off the cake tin and share the story.”

 ??  ?? 0 Ron and Rhondda Leckie met on a blind date in 1965
0 Ron and Rhondda Leckie met on a blind date in 1965

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