Diamond couple celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Anne and George Wilson are presented with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council by Councillor Isobel Strong.
Anne and George Wilson are presented with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council by Councillor Isobel Strong.

A Bute couple had cause to celebrate recently on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary.

George and Anne Wilson, who marked their Diamond Wedding on Thursday, June 2, first met in 1950 at swimming baths in Glasgow.

George says: “I saw her coming out of the changing room cubicle wearing this beautiful swimming costume. There were only the two of us in the pool that night, and I asked her if I could see her home afterwards. We’ve been together ever since.”

The couple married at Crosshill Victoria Church in Glasgow by the Rev J. Hutcheson, holding the reception in the Prince of Wales Halls in Sauchiehall Street.

A year later Mr and Mrs Wilson made the move to Rothesay after buying the Bayview Hotel in Mountstuart Road.

George said: “I was a painter and decorator by trade and had been in business for ten years but I always wanted to live by the sea.

“When we moved into the boarding house I can honestly say we never worked so hard in all our lives.”

The couple, who have three children, retired in 1990 and are as much in love today as they were when they were teenagers.

George said: “For 60 years we’ve shared our lives together in such a special way, a wonderful story of love that started on our wedding day.”

Asked what the secret to 60 years of marriage is, George said: “The secret is love, that’s all it is. And give and take - I give and she takes!”

On Thursday evening in Rothesay’s Victoria Hotel, Councillor Isobel Strong presented Mr and Mrs Wilson with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council.

The celebrations continued at a garden party on Saturday afternoon, where Depute Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, Stewart Shaw, presented the happy couple with a bouquet of flowers and a card from the Queen.