Real Lives: Skating broke the ice for devoted duo

Provost Joe Wallace and depute Lord Lieutenant Richard Callander celebrate with the McAdams. Picture: contributed
Provost Joe Wallace and depute Lord Lieutenant Richard Callander celebrate with the McAdams. Picture: contributed
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A DEVOTED couple who found love pirouetting on a Glasgow ice rink in the 1950s are set to toast 60 years of marriage with a celebratory bash at their Penicuik home.

Denis and Marie McAdam were joined by their two children, three grandchildren and other relatives to see in the landmark occasion.

Midlothian Provost Joe Wallace set the seal by presenting a bouquet of flowers while depute Lord Lieutenant Richard Callander delivered a special card from the Queen.

A keen speed skater, Denis, who was “showing off” at the ice ink, whisked Marie “off her feet” into a lifelong romance that remains to this day. Daughter Denise believes their secret is perseverance and to “have an argument once in a while”.

The pair moved to Pencuik in 1969 with Denis gaining work as a transport superintendent at South of Scotland Electricity board in Portobello.

In the course of a 40-year career, he forged a reputation as a well respected engineer.

Marie dreamed of becoming a vet and worked at the animal research and veterinary school as a lab assistant at Bush Estate, now known as Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. She particularly enjoyed working with “exotic” animals.

Both keen golfers, the McAdams are said to have perfected their swing at the Glencorse Golf Club, where they were members for more than four decades.

Before moving to Pencuik, both hailed from the Springburn area of Glasgow, where Denis worked as a motor mechanic and was one of the first mature students, studying mechanical engineering at Strathclyde University.

Graduating from the course propelled Mr McAdam into a professional career as an engineer.

While he was studying, Marie worked to support the young family, the couple having had two children – Denise and Harry.

Denise excelled as a hairdresser and is routinely sought out as a stylist for the royal family, as well as supermodels Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford.

Son Harry served as a police officer before turning his hand to property management.

Denis and Marie have three grandchildren – Charlotte, 24, is studying to be a barrister, while Jamie and Hannah, 15 and 12, are pupils at George Watson’s College.