ROMANCE blossomed for a Moray couple who have been parted only once in more than 60 years together – by a ship called the “True Love”.
Alex and Margaret Cowie have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
After meeting at a dance in the Fishermen’s Hall in Buckie, where it was love at first sight, the only time the couple have spent time apart since then was during Mr Cowie’s national service with the Royal Navy when he served on the boat with the romantic name.
The couple, of Gordon Street, Buckie, married in 1953, the same year as the Queen’s Coronation. They received a special card from Her Majesty and a visit from her Lord Lieutenant in Banffshire, Clare Russell, to mark their special occasion.
Local councillor Anne McKay also presented them with flowers from Moray Council.
“I would say it was love at first sight because we have hardly been apart since then,” said Alex
Alex and Margaret (78) have lived in the same house all their married life and Margaret, who was born in Peterhead but moved to Buckie when she was young, even longer, as the home used to belong to her parents.
The couple were married in South and West Church in Buckie and remain members there.
Alex was a fisherman, having followed his father to sea. After his national service was over he went back to a life at sea and was a skipper before returning home to take up a pilot’s job at Buckie Harbour.
That saw him welcome an array of vessels – mostly cargo boats – into the harbour, and it was his responsibility to ensure their safe passage in and out. He occupied the post for 27 years.
“For that job you were on call 24 hours a day and if the phone rang you had to go, even if it was at three o’clock in the morning. At least I didn’t have far to go,” said Alex.
He was also a part-time driving instructor for a number of years and Councillor McKay was one of his pupils.
The couple had both been pupils at Buckie High School but did not really know each other then and only met properly at the dance.
Margaret worked at Baxters of Fochabers after leaving school and was also a “Gutting Girl”, following the fishing boats around the country to places like Lerwick and Yarmouth.
After the couple married she became a housewife and raised the couple’s three daughters and one son. They now have five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The couple regularly attend the Salvation Army in the town and enjoyed caravan holidays for many years.
They enjoyed an anniversary celebration surrounded by their family at their granddaughter’s home in Elgin.