Couple celebrate 50 golden years together

A Dundee couple have achieved the rare feat of celebrating their wedding at the same venue twice – 50 years apart.

On 27th November 1965 the Queen’s Hotel in Dundee provided the venue for the wedding reception of Dave and Nessie Sinclair. An astonishing 50 years later this grand hotel played host to their Golden Wedding anniversary celebrations on 27th November 2015.

Queens Hotel

The Queen’s Hotel today. Many a celebration has been hosted at this impressive brick building which dates back to 1878.


Their sons, Neil, 44, and David, 48, and a grandchild Michael, 17, were among many who attended this special event.

Dave said: “It was a good turnout. There were some faces there from our original reception. Some of them are still with us.”

Dave worked in the Process Department at D.C. Thomson for 35 years before retiring. His wife was a Pharmacy Dispenser for 30 years.

The couple, from Downfield, first met as teenagers. Sharing an interest in music, together, they decided to start a band.

The Tele quizzed Dave in an attempt to find out the secret of their epic 50 year marriage.

How did you meet? “Nessie was 16 and I was 18 and a half. We were both interested in music. I played drums. We were in a band called Esplins and Nessie was the band leader and played the accordion. Esplin was her maiden name. Our band retired in 1997.”

Where did you go on your first date? “We were all about playing music. We used to dance and visit the JM Ballroom in the Marketgait where the G Casino is now. We also liked to go to the cinema.”

JM Ballroom

An advert for the JM Ballroom – a popular dance venue on Tay Street which first opened in 1954. 

What is your secret to a good marriage? “We share everything, the good and the bad, and respect each other.”

Any annoying habits to divulge? “That would end in divorce. We don’t talk about things like that.”


What has been your favourite memory together? “Travelling all over Europe together. Regular visits to Edinburgh to visit son Neil and take in Fringe shows including comedy, theatre and musicals.”


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