Still devoted after 60 years together

Dancers Maimie and Jimmy have reeled in the years. Picture: contributed
Dancers Maimie and Jimmy have reeled in the years. Picture: contributed
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JIMMY and Maimie Hadden, from Macmerry in East Lothian, have been looking back fondly on their 60 years together as man and wife after they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a huge family gathering.

Jimmy was born in Elphinstone, and Maimie was born in Musselburgh.

They went to different schools – Jimmy to Tranent High School and Maimie to St Peter’s High – and it wasn’t until they were 16 that they first met.

Both enjoyed going “to the dancing” at weekends and it was on the dancefloor at Musselburgh’s Labour Hall where their paths first crossed.

It was a tale of love at first sight, and after six years of courtship, Jimmy and Maimie tied the knot
at Inveresk Church. They were
both 22.

The couple got their married life under way in a miner’s house in Ormiston before moving to Macmerry, where they have been ever since.

Jimmy first made his living in the Limeylands Colliery in Ormiston and then turned his attentions to civil engineering.

He later became self-employed after launching a venture with Maimie’s brother, specialising in garages.

Maimie started out as a dress-maker at Patrick Thompsons, on North Bridge, Edinburgh.

However, her true calling was to help other people and she became
a home help for East Lothian Council.

She spent 22 years there, only bringing her employment to an end when she retired.

Together, the Haddens had four daughters and one son, and their family has continued to grow – they now have ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, with another one on the way.

And they revealed that the secret to such a long and happy marriage was to keep active together.

Jimmy and Maimie – who both turned 82 in August, with Maimie celebrating her birthday first by just nine days – still take part in a lot of activities together, such as shopping and gardening.

They remain avid dancers and go to local ceilidhs whenever they are on.

Jimmy said their love had not waned after six decades together.

He said: “I got her and I’m never going to let her go. We have no regrets.

“But she professes to be the gaffer for those nine days she’s just a little bit older.”

The couple celebrated the momentous occasion with a huge family dinner and party, which took place at the Juniper Lea Inn in Pathhead.

Jimmy said the couple had a brilliant time, adding: “It was terrific. We loved having our family around us, we have a marvellous family, the best one going.”