Falkirk couple’s golden years together

Alex and Sandra Taylor after 50 years together. Picture Craig Halkett
Alex and Sandra Taylor after 50 years together. Picture Craig Halkett

A much-travelled couple have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary after a ‘love at first sight’ meeting – well, for one of them at least.

Sandra and Alex Taylor were married a week before the blushing bride’s 18th birthday on September 18, 1965 in Falkirk’s Christ Church.

The ceremony was followed by a reception at Camelon Labour Club.

The couple then set up roots wherever Alex (73), originally from Dundee, was posted during his time with the Royal Air Force’s supply and movements division, and had four children – Carol (now 48), Lynda (47), Robert (45) and Tracy (44).

The family lived in Dunfermline, Germany, Wiltshire, Glenrothes and back to Sandra’s home town of Falkirk before moving to Cumbernauld where they still live.

The couple met “at the dancing” in Falkirk when Alex spotted his bride-to-be across the dance floor.

Sandra’s sister Jean was her bridesmaid and her other sister Fiona was the flower girl. Alex’s best man was brother Norman.

Sandra (68) said: “We met at Doaks and it was love at first sight for Alex.

“He told me the next day he would marry me and I said he would be lucky, but here we are, 50 years later and still happy.

“I remember our wedding day I couldn’t stop smiling and giggling like a little girl and my mum told me off. Alex was the opposite and was a bag of nerves.”

She added: “I think the secret to a long, happy marriage is to have that give and take between you.”

Sandra and Alex have ten grandchildren – Lauren, Emma, Gary, Caitlin, Lisa, Karen, Taylor, Jack, Barry and Ross – one great grandchild Tyler and another on the way.