Diamond day for Laurieston couple

Robert and Margaret Kelly celebrate their diamond wedding.
Robert and Margaret Kelly celebrate their diamond wedding.

Celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary and 60 years of happily married life this week are Robert and Margaret Kelly.

The couple tied the knot on September 5, 1953 at Laurieston Parish Church.

The ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Wilson S. Leslie of Falkirk Old Parish Church.

They still live in the village and are well-kent faces in the local community.

Robert, who is known as Bobby, first met Margaret Cunningham, then aged 17, when she was working at the popular records department at Alexander’s Stores.

Bobby (81), then aged 20, had just been demobbed following two years National Service with the Royal Armoured Corps - although he did his ‘square-bashing’ alongside the Blues and Royals

Born in Camelon, he was brought up in the Bog Road area and worked as a butcher’s boy for Peter Frisken before being called up.

He then drove lorries for several years before joining ICI, where he worked for 22 years before taking early retirement in 1991.

Margaret (78) was born and raised in Laurieston.

She worked at Alexander’s Stores for seven years before taking time off to raise her and Bobby’s two children, Brian and Linda.

She returned to work in her early 30s as a home help.

But it was at the maternity unit clinic in Falkirk Royal Infirmary that she spent her happiest working years, giving more than 20 years service to the NHS and becoming a well-known face to expectant mothers from across the Falkirk district.

She took well-earned retirement in 1999.

The Kellys now enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren Kris, Kellie, Marc, Kirsty and Katie; and their three great-grandchildren Megan, Calum and Ryan.