A parachute may be needed for all the highs and lows 60 years of marriage brings - but one couple were better prepared than most in that respect.
Peter and Jean Harris from Redding celebrated their diamond wedding yesterday (Wednesday) with a card from the Queen following a family meal at Chianti last Saturday.
And while most brides would have married in a white dress back in 1954, Jean (nee Hills) said her vows in dress made from an old parachute.
Jean (79) said: “I bought it from C&A in Edinburgh and it cost me a fiver. I thought it was absolutely lovely.”
The couple were wed in Polmont’s Kingarth Manse after they met in the Westquarter area when Jean had moved down from Ross-shire.
The reception was held in ‘the Geggy’ (Westquarter Village Hall) and the ‘purvey’ (food) was provided by Myles the Butcher. ‘‘It was a lovely steak pie,” commented Jean.
Peter (85) was a miner who started work before his 14th birthday and left in 1959. Following that he did several jobs, including labouring for a public works contractor, working for the DSS and a postman.
Jean worked at the Carron company for 19 years and the Post Office in Cow Wynd before becoming a teacher at Shieldhill Primary.
The Bairns supporter was the school’s football coach and remembers one special player - Davie Weir.
“He has done really well and was a great boy at school.”
The couple have two children – John (54) and Mary (51) – and two grandchildren, Johnathan (14) and Kirsty (12).
And the secret to their long and happy marriage? “You have to come and go with each other,” said Jean.
“It’s no use saying we don’t argue - but we always made up.”