Best wishes ... from Barack!

Eddie & Jan Black with the message recieved from President Barack Obama on the occasion of their golden wedding
Eddie & Jan Black with the message recieved from President Barack Obama on the occasion of their golden wedding
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A CARDENDEN couple celebrated their Golden Wedding – and received a Presidential seal of approval into the bargain!

Eddie (70), and Jan Black (68), were amazed when they were given a framed message of congratulations from Barack and Michelle Obama as a surprise gift at their 50th anniversary party.

It was one of the main highlights of an evening spent with close family and old friends.


Eddie said: “My son Steven lives in Augusta in the States where he is a professor of microbiology. Jan and I had been over there to visit him recently but he’d told us that he just couldn’t get over for our anniversary.

“A couple of nights before there was a knock on the door and there he was. It was a lovely surprise.

“What’s more he and his wife Leslie had somehow arranged to get a message to us from the Obamas. I was amazed!”

The special message had come about after the couple’s daughter-in-law contacted the governor of Augusta to tell him of the special occasion.

Eddie and Jan, of Golf View, Cardenden, were married on March 31, 1962, at St Fothad’s Church in Cardenden after meeting at the Sunday dancing at Bowhill.

“We had a couple of nights at the Castle Guest House in Edinburgh for our honeymoon,” said Eddie. “That’s all we could afford then!”

The couple held a murder-mystery themed party at the Halfway House in Kingseat to celebrate their anniversary which was also attended by their only grand-daughter Lauren.

Eddie said: “Jan’s friend Mary Forrest was her bridesmaid and her younger sister Annie McGhee was a flower girl, both were at the party which was great.”


“My daughter Lesley had put together a DVD of old pictures which she showed on the night which was very emotional.

“Then we were presented with the framed message from President Obama. It topped off a brilliant night!”

The couple had just returned from an extended winter break in Tucson, Arizona, where their son owns a holiday home.

Instead of presents they asked for donations and raised £410 for Rachel House children’s hospice in Kinross.