Anniversary couple celebrate Platinum landmark in Uddingston care home

A couple who live happily together in an Uddingston care home have celebrated a precious event so few will ever see – their 70th wedding anniversary.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 3:38 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 3:46 pm
David and Margaret Hunter

David (93) and Margaret (89) Hunter, who tied the knot in 1951 at Balornock Chapel, were the centre of attention at Rosepark Care Home, where staff and residents pulled out all the stops to make the big day as memorable as possible.

The devoted couple who moved to the home in January from Cumbernauld were treated to a delicious three-tier cake, donated by Special Days Celebration Cakes, at their physically distanced afternoon tea at the care home. This was lavishly decorated with balloons donated by Happy Ever Laughter.

The afternoon was filled with songs and sing-a-longs with staff and residents joining in stirring renditions of the classics of yesteryear.

Margaret shared stories of their early days together when ‘Davie’ would stay behind at the end of his shift in the factory to chat up his intended.

This however meant he usually missed his bus home to Yoker!

Margaret added “We still love each other as much as the day we met.

"The past 70 years have been absolute bliss with Davie - he is my best friend, and I can’t wait to enjoy more times like these together at Rosepark.

"It was so kind for the staff and the local shops to think of us and make our day by showering us with such generous gifts and surprises – we can’t thank everyone enough.”

Margaret Carroll, Rosepark Care Home manager, said: “We felt it was especially important to mark this special occasion as the past year has been very difficult for everyone.

"We need to cherish all special moments in life and reaching 70 years of marriage is not often achieved in this day and age.

“David and Margaret definitely deserved a big fuss as they are such a special couple.

“ They met 71 years ago while working in the Schweppes factory.

“And after all this time they still have so much love for each other and this celebration of their love lifted everyone’s spirits. They both became quite emotional during the lunch - as did the staff.

“They both said they can’t believe they’ve been married for 70 years!”