40th anniversaries bash at the double

Dorothy and Alan Puirdie. Picture: contributed
Dorothy and Alan Puirdie. Picture: contributed
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Two couples who had a joint wedding are now preparing to mark their ruby anniversary by holding a double celebration.

In the early 1970s, sisters Anne and Dorothy Mein met their future husbands Charlie Hall and Alan Purdie in close succession.

Anne and Charlie Hall. Picture: contributed

Anne and Charlie Hall. Picture: contributed

As their romances blossomed, it seemed only natural to celebrate on the same day, particularly as the sisters had always been close.

The couples tied the knot in Edinburgh’s Cramond Kirk on June 1, 1974 – and the unconventional double marriage was marked with an article in the Evening News.

And now, in a nod to their joint nuptuals, the two couples are preparing for a big celebration of their 40th anniversaries with their families in Leith tomorrow.

Mrs Hall, 57, who had grown up at Barntongate with her three sisters, met 59-year-old Mr Hall, from Muirhouse, at Murrayfield Ice Rink, while Mr and Mrs Purdie met in the Barnton Hotel.

Both are still happily married with grown-up children and grandchildren.

Mr and Mrs Hall, who live in Tollcross, now work for Scottish Water and Edinburgh City Council respectively.

Mrs Hall also works in various voluntary organisations.

Their children Gareth and Emma and their four grandchildren Sarah, Megan, Jessica and James will be at tomorrow’s party to help mark the occasion.

Meanwhile Mrs Purdie works as a receptionist and pursues different roles within the church and as a charity volunteer. Mr Purdie, originally from Parkgrove, works for a supermarket and has been a karate instructor for around 30 years.

The Purdies, who live in Leith, will be joined by children Karen and Gillian and five grandchildren, Logan, Robyn, Chloe, Cayden and Teigan to celebrate this weekend’s milestone with the wider family.

The couples’ children say their secret to long and happy marriage is loyalty, love, and laughter. However, Mr Hall has joked that the secret is having TVs in different rooms.