Tolerance, laughter the key to 65-year marriage

Alex and Dorothy Christie at home in Blackhall. Picture: Scott Louden

Alex and Dorothy Christie at home in Blackhall. Picture: Scott Louden

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TOLERANCE and laughter has been the key to Alex and Dorothy Christie’s 65-year marriage, the happy couple told the Evening News.

Alex, 90, who grew up on the city’s Albert Street, and the former Dorothy Stevenson, 84, who was brought up in Abbeyhill, marked their Blue Sapphire Wedding Anniversary last week.

The pair met at party just outside Newhaven in 1949, and have been inseparable ever since.

They married at Holyrood Abbey Church, in Abbeyhill, on June 23 1951, and bought their first family home in Waverley Park.

Mr Christie spent the majority of his working life as a joiner while Dorothy had many office jobs.

He became the managing director of Leith Joinery Works before he retired in 1992.

The couple had their first child, Laura, in November 1952, and their second, Keith, in May 1955.

After many happy years living at Waverley Park, the couple moved to Bonnyrigg but realised “once a townie, always a townie”, and relocated back to Sighthill.

Shortly afterwards, the pair became interested in buying a house to renovate for their family, so they moved to Mountcastle, where they lived for 25 years. In 1987 they downsized to Hillpark.

Mr Christie said: “One of the best things we have done together as a couple is travel around the world in three months. We went on a cruise in 1992 and it was just fantastic. We’ve always loved travelling.

“Our favourite country is France, but we’ve visited places like Thailand and Kenya too.

“We haven’t been doing as much of that recently, though, as our mobility isn’t as good as it once was.”

As well as travelling, the couple enjoy walking and gardening, and spending time with their 25 year-old granddaughter, Allison.

Their son Keith lives close by in Allan Park, but their daughter, Laura, now lives with her husband in Spain.

Due to health issues, Laura has been unable to return to Scotland for a number of years to visit her parents.

The couple celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary at the Roxburgh Hotel, in the city centre, surrounded by their friends and family.

However, the Blue Sapphire Wedding milestone was celebrated more quietly, with a celebration cake from the couple’s favourite bakers – Gregg’s at Davidson’s Mains. They also enjoyed a glass of vintage Cava from Spain.

Mr Christie said: “The key to our happy marriage has to be tolerance, I think that’s one of the most important things.

“I think it’s also important to do loads of things together like we have – we do everything together.”

Mrs Christie added: “I agree with Alex about the tolerance, but there’s nothing like laughing. We are always laughing.”