A golden couple who travelled the length and the breadth of the UK early in their married life are more than happy to call Fairlie their home.
Ian and Ginette McLean say the secret to a long marriage is tolerance and patience, and indeed, they are now enjoying the fruits of their labours in retirement, and love village life.
They were married in the middle of the swinging sixties at Burnhead Parish Church in Uddingston after meeting in the North British Hotel at Queen Street Station.
Iain, born and bred in Gourock, was working at a chef, while Ginette was a dining room cashier from Uddingston.
Ian was early in his career as a skilled chef, starting when he was only 14, and is highly regarded, so much so that his career was to go on and span 55 years, working in many local establishments including Manor Park Hotel, Nardini’s at Regattas, The Green Shutter, and the Village Inn in his home town. However, married life began with various journeys in the British Isles.
An early venture to Cornwall proved short-lived for Ian and Ginette lasting just the summer season, before heading to Northern Ireland, Inverness, and Rosyth, before settling in Fairlie in the 1980s.
Ginette travelled with Ian, and became a bookkeeper for oil rig companies. Ian is 74 this year, and Ginette is 72.
They have four grown up children in David, Colin, Mark and Craig, 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The couple are celebrating their 50 years of marriage with a trip to Garve, which is 11 miles north of Inveress, with full board, and are even getting picked up by Urquhart Tours in Largs.
Ginette and Ian admit that they don’t have a ‘scooby’ when it comes to using the internet but are particularly grateful to their sons who managed to book their holiday celebration trip online!