Shaws celebrate 50 golden years

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LOCAL couple Roddie and Renee Shaw celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with family and friends at their home in Rothesay on Friday evening.

Like many Rothesay couples, Roddie and Renee – who have lived on Bute all their lives – met on the dance floor at Rothesay Pavilion, and their romance led to a wedding ceremony at Ascog Church on October 27, 1961, conducted by the Rev Robert M. Fulton, with the help of Roddie’s uncle George, then a minister in Sandbank, near Dunoon.

Their reception took place at the Royal Hotel in Rothesay – and 50 years on, the strength of the couple’s relationship, and the contrast with the doubtful futures of both their wedding and reception venues, wasn’t lost on anyone at Friday’s celebration.

Roddie, who was born and brought up at the Straad, spent all his working life wearing mechanic’s overalls and working underneath car bonnets, while Renee, who grew up at Mid Ascog Cottage, had hopes of one day becoming a children’s nurse.

And though her hopes never materialised in a formal sense, the arrival over the years of three sons, Roddie junior, Colin and Ian, and six grandchildren ensured their home in the town’s Barone Road was rarely free of the sound of young voices.

The couple received the traditional Argyll and Bute Council gift of a bouquet of flowers, presented by local councillor and family friend Isobel Strong – while the seal was set on a very special evening by the surprise arrival of Renee’s flower girl from her wedding day, her niece Catherine McGregor, who travelled down to Bute from Perth to be present.

Asked for the secret of half a century of happy marriage, Renee confessed: “We’ve been thinking about the answer, and to be honest, if we knew it we would tell you.

“The family all thought I was going to say ‘there’s never been a crabbit word’, but it wouldn’t be true! I suppose we’ve just always been lucky to have our family all around us.”