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The Edinburgh couple plan to bring the fifty-year-old wedding cake home

“/>Ron and Rhondda Leckie have been happily married for 50 years and look forward to returning to their first home in Edinburgh.

A wedding cake that newlyweds took from Corstorphine to California half a century ago will return to the capital for the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary.

Ron Leckie grew up on Rankeillor Street in the 1960s and his family owned a well-known coal company operated out of St. Leonard’s Depot. He met Mrs. Rhondda Leckie of Clerwood in 1965 on a blind date organized by friends during his senior year at John Watson’s School on Belford Road. The couple soon fell in love and stayed together while Ron studied engineering at Heriot Watt University and Rhondda worked in the civil service at St. Andrew’s House. Shortly after Ron’s graduation, the young couple married in a small ceremony at Greyfriars Kirk, which they fondly remember as “a wonderful historical place to marry”. Ron said the day was a “big traditional Scottish wedding,” but added, “At the time, kilts weren’t that popular and I now wore the tails I wish I had worn the kilt. “At the front desk, the couple had bought an elegant frosted wedding cake from Wahlberg’s bakery in Pathhead.

As custom dictates, the couple held onto the top step for use in the baptism of their first child.

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<img alt="" aria-hidden="true" class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" role="presentation" src="data:image/svg+xml;charset=utf-8,”/> Ron and Rhondda Leckie all smile at their 1970 wedding.

The newlyweds kept the precious cake safely in a tin in their Edinburgh home, hopefully waiting for news that awaited Rhondda. However, over the years this news did not come.

Meanwhile, the couple had an adventure of a lifetime after Ron was offered a job in California by American company Signetics.

The adventurous couple moved from their home in the capital to Silicon Valley south of San Francisco in 1976, where they have lived ever since.

Ron said, “My wife kept the cake in a sealed tin and it emigrated with us.” As they built their new life in California, the old tin continued to accumulate, and 18 years after they got married, an delighted Rhondda brought one World baby named Susan.

<img alt="" aria-hidden="true" class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" role="presentation" src="data:image/svg+xml;charset=utf-8,”/> The beautiful cake remains intact more than 50 years after it was made.

Ron said, “By this point the top tier of the cake was aged well and we didn’t even think about using it.” It wasn’t until we started planning celebrations for our golden anniversary that we thought it would be good, the dust blow away the cake pan and share the story. “

When the Leckie family opened the 50-year-old tin together, they found that the white wedding cake had yellowed over the years and was now a beautiful golden color.

While no one was brave enough to try the well-aged dessert, the family believes the golden cake is a beautiful symbol of the love of Ron and Rhondda on the eve of their golden wedding anniversary.

While currently unable to fly out due to lockdown restrictions, the Leckies firmly believe that the cake will eventually return to the capital from the Golden State.

And Ron and Rhondda will celebrate their love together like they did 50 years ago at home in Corstorphine, surrounded by friends, family and a gold wedding cake.

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