Party marks 60 years for Margaret and Les

Margaret and Les Graham
Margaret and Les Graham
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A couple from Gorebridge have celebrated 60 years of married life with a big family get-together at one of their old workplaces.

Margaret and Les Graham were married on June 13, 1953, and were thrown a surprise party by their family to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary at the National Mining Museum in Prestonpans, where Les used to work.

The couple spent their first five months as a married couple in Edinburgh before moving to Gorebridge, Midlothian, where they have been ever since.

Margaret, now 79, was an audio typist in Edinburgh until she had her son Gary, and Les worked as a miner in Lady Victoria, Gilmerton and Bilston pits, before becoming a gardener.

Despite hailing from opposite ends of the country, it was by chance that they first met at Portobello Beach.

Margaret was on holiday there with some relatives, one of whom happened to be a friend of Les, now 81.

But asked if it was love at first sight, she joked: “I wouldn’t say that.”

Recalling their wedding day 60 years ago, she added: “It was a hot day, we got married in Buckinghamshire, where I come from. Les is from Hawick.”

As they celebrated with a huge family party – which came as a massive surprise to them both – Margaret was delighted to have her loved ones gather.

The party was arranged by their children, who invited around 100 friends and family to celebrate with the couple. Margaret explained: “We thought we were going to the museum for lunch, so we were pretty shocked when we got there. But it was nice. We have lots of friends and a big family so it was nice to get them all together.”

Margaret also revealed what she believes is the secret to a long and happy marriage.

She said: “You have to give and take I guess.

“And having a good family around you certainly helps.”

The couple have three children and lots of grandchildren and great-grandchildren to keep them on their toes.

The couple’s three children are Gary, 58, Lynne, 53, and Pauline, 

They also have nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

“They were all there to celebrate,” said Margaret.