Diamond pair have had some journey

George and Audrey Philip. Picture: Contributed

George and Audrey Philip. Picture: Contributed

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A HOLIDAY-loving couple have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a trip to a Perthshire.

George and Audrey Philip from Edinburgh marked 60 years of marriage with family and friends in the Capital before heading off on their five-day trip to Pitlochry.

George served in the Royal Signals in Germany as a despatch rider for two years at the end of the war.

Born and raised in Bonnyrigg, he met Audrey Dickson after the Second World War through the Youth Fellowship at St Leonard’s Episcopal Church, Lasswade.

They married in April 1953 and moved to Edinburgh, first to Canonmills and later to Craigleith where they have lived for the past 56 years.

Their son, also George, was born in 1955 and their daughter, Elaine, was born in 1958.

George snr had several jobs including delivering milk, mining and engineering before joining Ferranti in Edinburgh in the 1950s where he worked as a turner, making glass parts, until he retired in 1986. He also played as a drummer in bands to supplement his income.

Audrey, who worked as a shorthand typist for solicitors, insurance and latterly for an electrical contractor, retired the same year.

The pair have always been enthusiastic travellers, going on camping trips in France and Britain as well as regular visits to Spain, Tenerife and latterly Portugal.

After giving up their tent for the comforts of a caravan, they became members of the Caravan Club and attended weekend rallies until George gave up driving aged 84.

Having enjoyed years of holidays in Europe, they now prefer to take their vacations closer to home, travelling to hotels in Peebles and Pitlochry by bus as often as possible.

Much of their life has revolved round the church. Audrey, a keen knitter and card player, organised whist drives, lunch clubs and coffee mornings, while George attended to the church garden as well as his own for decades and still serves at the altar.

The couple have always had an active social life and many hobbies.

George enjoyed billiards and for a time golf and flying radio-controlled model aeroplanes. A keen Hearts fan, he was also a motorbike enthusiast.

Audrey was a table tennis champion and also enjoyed badminton.

The couple share a love of bowls and played at the Ferranti club, Arboretum Place, where they won many cups.

Gardening was also a favourite pastime, along with wine making from home-grown grapes and jam from their own blackcurrants.

Audrey, 84, is still keen on doing crosswords, while George, 91, has been very active and goes on weekly cycles with his brother, Harry.

They celebrated their anniversary with a special day with friends at St Ninian’s Episcopal Church, Comely Bank.

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