Honeymooners return to Old Waverley Hotel at 1966 prices

Fraser and Anne Robb are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary at the same hotel as their honeymoon. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Fraser and Anne Robb are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary at the same hotel as their honeymoon. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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THEY spent their honeymoon night in the city 50 years ago, indulging in a plush dinner with bed and breakfast at the Old Waverley Hotel at a cost of four pounds and six shillings.

And now, the happy couple, who married on June 3, 1966, are set to return to the hotel to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, and will stay in the same room – for exactly the same price.

Fraser and Anne Robb on their wedding day in 1966. Picture: supplied

Fraser and Anne Robb on their wedding day in 1966. Picture: supplied

Fraser and Anne Robb, from Kirkcaldy, have never thrown away the receipt from their precious stay on their wedding night.

After coming across it at the bottom of a drawer a few months ago, Mr Robb, 73, thought “he would chance it” and see if the hotel would help him celebrate their special milestone.

Mr Robb said: “I was just going through a drawer not that long ago and I came across the original receipt.

“When I asked if they would do anything for our golden wedding, the manager offered us bed and breakfast for the same price we paid in 1966. I agreed and I’m even paying in old money – it’s great.”

When I asked if they would do anything for our golden wedding, the manager offered us bed and breakfast for the same price we paid in 1966. I agreed and I’m even paying in old money – it’s great.

Fraser Robb

The couple met at the Burma Ballroom in Kirkcaldy, before marrying at the Normand Road Church in Dysart, on the outskirts of the town, six years later. They now have two daughters and two grandchildren.

Mr Robb said he and his wife, 72, enjoy visiting Edinburgh regularly, but have never stayed in the hotel since their wedding night.

He said: “It will be lovely to go back again for the night.

“We’ve been in a few times for a cup of coffee but have never stayed.

The receipt from the Robb's original stay. Picture: Ian Georgeson

The receipt from the Robb's original stay. Picture: Ian Georgeson

“I remember it being really nice, and it will be special to return 50 years later.

“I’m hoping the manager will throw in dinner as well, but we will just need to see.”

Staff at the hotel, situated on Princes Street, said they were looking forward to welcoming the couple for their anniversary.

Leon Kiteley, manager of the Old Waverley Hotel, said: “The team at The Old Waverley and I are thrilled to welcome back Mr and Mrs Robb for their 50th anniversary, and are glad that we can make their day even more special.

“They spent their wedding night here and we have happily arranged for them to spend the night in the very same room.

“They will also be paying us the same price they paid in 1966, which was £4 6s and 0d, which will be paid in old money, from prior to 1966.

“Our hotel has been operating as a hotel since it first opened its doors in 1848 and we have many regular visitors who love the history, and central location of our beautiful hotel.

“We thank Mr and Mrs Robb for their spectacular loyalty and look forward to having them stay with us for their golden anniversary, and many anniversaries to come.”

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