Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

‘Take life as it comes’: Wise words from Banff couple celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary

diamond wedding
George and Hazel McKessick celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

It is a love that has endured for 60 years, and now Banff couple George and Hazel McKessick have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

George, 89, and Hazel, 81, McKessick managed to organise a celebration of their love on April 2, attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire.

The couple first met in 1960 at a dance at the Fisherman’s Hall in Buckie – which is still standing today – and then at Joe’s Café in the Square in Buckie.

The couple’s grandchild, Colene Woolcott fondly remembers hearing of their first meeting.

She said: “Grandad had put money into a vending machine to get a bar of chocolate, and some of his money fell on the floor, and granny stood on it.”

The couple were married at the Rathven Church in Buckie, where the bride lived and at the time was caring for her mother.

Mr McKessick was working as a dairy cattleman at Glassaugh in Banffshire at the time.

It was a sunny day but also cold and windy. Unfortunately, the photos from the wedding failed to process, and another photographer had to return for extra shots.

‘You just have to take life as it comes and keep smiling’

However, by that point, the couple and their guests were enjoying themselves with a drink at the reception held at the St Andrews Hotel in Buckie.

After welcoming their first son, Colin, in 1963, the couple moved to Minnonie, east of Banff, where they stayed for 15 years, with George working as a cattleman and Hazel bottling the milk.

They welcomed their second son, Neil, in 1966. In 1978 they moved to Banff, where Mr McKessick took over as a cattleman at Gellyhill Farm in Macduff.

Both Mr and Mrs McKessick have been retired since 2000 and have an expanded family, including three grandchildren: Colene, 37, Nicola, 30, and Stuart, 27, and two great-granddaughters Fearne, three, and Ava, five months.

In later life, the couple became known for their beautiful garden as Mr McKessick is a keen gardener.

George and Hazel McKessick with their two sons Colin and Neil.

The couple also enjoyed Press and Journal bus holidays throughout Europe and visiting Florida with family.

Earlier this year, Mrs McKessick had to move to Dounemount Care Home, Macduff, due to declining health.

Ms Woolcott said: “The family are grateful to the staff at Dounemount for hosting a private celebration, which was attended by the Lord Lieutenant, Andrew Simpson, and councillor Scott Cassie. The couple were even able to have a few dances.”

The couple were joined by family, including daughters-in-law Alison and Caroline and George’s sister Agnes Blackhall.

When asked what the secret to a happy marriage is, George shared: “You just have to take life as it comes and keep smiling.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in