Golden celebrations for island couple

Margaret and Donnie MacLeod are presented witha  bouquet of flowers by Councillor Isobel Strong on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council.
Margaret and Donnie MacLeod are presented witha bouquet of flowers by Councillor Isobel Strong on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council.

An island couple celebrated fifty years of marriage recently, and have attributed their long and happy marriage to having a “bit of give and take”.

Donnie and Margaret MacLeod first met in 1964 at a wedding in Margaret’s home-town of Cumnock. The groom was a friend of Donnie’s and also happened to be Margaret’s cousin, and the pair hit it off.

They married the following year on November 19, 1965 in Cumnock, and stayed there for four years before moving to Bute - where Donnie hails from - with their daughter Catherine.

Daughter Mhairi was soon to follow, and the family was to settle comfortably into island life.

We caught up with the couple at a celebration dinner in the Victoria Hotel on Saturday evening, surrounded by friends and family.

Councillor Isobel Strong, a friend of the couple, presented them with a bouquet of flowers and card on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council on the happy occasion.

And we, of course, had to ask the age-old question of what they attribute to having a long and happy marriage. “A bit of give and take”, Margaret advised. “We were also lucky that we each met the person we got on with best.

“We’re both different, but we balance each other out well.”