Bonnybridge couple have enjoyed a golden half century

Jack and Vilma Lyle celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary last week
Jack and Vilma Lyle celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary last week
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Jack and Vilma Lyle know a thing or two about long-term planning after celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

The Bonnybridge couple were married in their home town of Methilhill, Fife, on July 10, 1965, but later moved across the Forth due to Jack’s work as a town planner for the former Hamilton and Monklands councils.

Jack and Vilma on their wedding day in 1965

Jack and Vilma on their wedding day in 1965

After a spell living in Glenrothes new town, the Lyles arrived in Banknock in 1976, where they remained until 1992.

Their four children - Rod, Martin, Simon and Vikki - would all attend Denny High School, and Vilma worked part-time at the nearby 
Glenskirlie House venue for more than 30 years.

Jack (71) first met Vilma (70) at a church dance in 
Leven, Fife, in 1960 when they were just 15.

On their wedding day five years later, Jack’s brother Michael was best man and sister Moira acted as maid of honour.

The newly-weds spent their honeymoon in the 
Belgian city of Ostend - their first trip abroad.

The Lyles enjoyed a meal out to mark their big day last Friday, but are looking forward to a further celebration this weekend when they will be joined by their children and seven grandchildren, many of whom are travelling up from south of the border.

The happy couple credit their long marriage to “putting up with each other”.