65 years on, don’t forget those snails

Syd and Marion Horler

Syd and Marion Horler

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A COUPLE from the Capital are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary today.

Syd and Marion Horler, of Crewe Road North, met in September 1948 in Princes Street Gardens.

Syd and Marion Horler

Syd and Marion Horler

Syd, 85, was born in Essex, while his wife Marion Kay, 84, was born in Albert Street in October 1930.

Marion grew up in the Capital and went to St Margaret’s School on Easter Road, before becoming a shorthand typist working on Constitution Street.

Syd, meanwhile, went to school in Essex and became a sailor on an aircraft carrier in the Korean War.

The couple met while Syd was stationed in Rosyth and after 18 months of dating, the pair tied the knot on April 15, 1950 at Leith Registry Office.

For a short while after their wedding, the couple lived with Marion’s mother in Albert Street, off Leith Walk, before buying their own place in Abbeyhill.

The happy couple then moved to Gosport where Syd was stationed and then on to Wales, followed by Arbroath, before he was demobbed.

They then moved back to the Capital and enjoyed a happy life with their three daughters, Carol, 62, Maureen, 58 and Val, 52.

With their family growing, they were forced to replace their precious motorbike and side car with a standard vehicle.

Maureen Lynch, their daughter, said: “My sisters and I had a very happy childhood and we are a very close family.

“I remember the days when my parents would take us on holiday to Essex every summer to visit my dad’s family and we’d have an amazing time.

“It would take us around 12 hours to travel down and I remember this one time we broke down on the way there and had to sleep in the car over night. Then when we woke up, their were snails all over the windows. It’s silly things like that you remember.”

The family also enjoyed day trips to Gullane beach for a picnic and Syd enjoyed taking his daughters to historic sites, such as old-fashioned castles.

Maureen, who lives in Muirhouse Bank, said her parents were a very happy couple and were always together.

They have eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, and are very family-orientated according to their daughter.

They have always been great animal lovers – the first pet they ever owned was a pure white cat named Snowy.

Other hobbies Syd has enjoyed in the past have included fixing classic cars and developing his own photographs, while Marion enjoyed knitting.

The couple now enjoy reading books on their Kindles and playing on their iPad.

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Barnton Hotel 15 years ago and Maureen said it was the last time their whole family was together.