Ena and George's golden day in Aotearoa

Saturday, January 30, 1960, was a "gei dreich day" in Hawick with rain and sleet turning to snow around lunchtime – at which time the Greens players and officials were preparing to leave for the capital to play a crucial Scottish championship match against Edinburgh Accies at Raeburn Place.

However, the rugby and the wintry weather were a mere distraction for Ena Storrie and George McGowan as they were married in St Cuthbert's Church by the Rev. Philip Crossfield, and 50 years on the couple have just enjoyed their golden wedding anniversary in far-off New Zealand where they have lived for the past 35 years.

Ena and George met at the popular Crown Hotel dance in 1957, became engaged in 1959 and 'tied the knot' almost a year later.

George spent much of his early working life in the knitwear industry, but in 1966 turned to journalism and was on the reporting staff of the Hawick News before specialising in sport with papers in Scotland and the south of England.

He returned to Hawick in 1970 for a second stint with the Hawick News before deciding to emigrate to New Zealand in 1974. There he was on the editorial staff of the Dunedin Evening Star before moving to the North Island to take up a position as chief reporter with the Hawera Star in Taranaki province. He graduated to the position of editor in 1980 until he retired in 1991 to concentrate on freelance writing, his garden and his computer.

For most of her working life, Ena was a collar linker with Pringle of Scotland and in New Zealand got involved as a volunteer worker in the church 'op shop' in Hawera.

The couple have three adult daughters, four grandchildren and one great-grandson who joined them to celebrate their special day on the far side of the world.