‘Golden’ couple celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Provost of Argyll and Bute Council, Len Scoullar, presents Jean and Archie Stewart with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the authority on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary.
Provost of Argyll and Bute Council, Len Scoullar, presents Jean and Archie Stewart with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the authority on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary.

Bute couple, Jean and Archie Stewart, had cause to celebrate recently on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.

The pair celebrated their special milestone on Thursday, February 25 - fifty years to the day that they were married in Rothesay Registry Office, which was in Bishop Street at the time.

We caught up with Jean and Archie at their home in Rothesay on Saturday, where Provost of Argyll and Bute Council, Len Scoullar, also presented the couple with a bouquet of flowers and his best wishes on behalf of the authority.

When asked how they first met, Jean explained: “I was living in Strathaven at the time and was looking for a job. I came here to Auchentirrie Farm and got a job there in 1963 as a dairy maid.

“Archie was working on the farm at the time, and we started going to the pictures together - and that’s really where everything began.”

The couple married three years later on February 25, 1966, and it wasn’t long until the family was to expand with the arrival of daughters Evelyn and Fiona.

When asked the age-old question of what the key is to a long and happy marriage, Jean laughed and said: “I was always coming in when he was going out!”

She added: “We were always working - you had to work at it, like anything.”