Falkirk couple smile through 65 happy years

Elsie and Malcolm celebrate their 65th anniversary
Elsie and Malcolm celebrate their 65th anniversary
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For Elsie and Malcolm Mathie, the secret of a long and happy life together is taking each day as it comes and making the most of it.

And, as the Falkirk couple celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary, that philosophy is still alive and well.

Malcolm (89) and Elsie (86) first met 66 years ago at Doake’s dance hall.

Elsie (nee Sneddon), who was 20 at the time, was a nurse at Falkirk Infirmary, while Falkirk Bairn Malcolm (23) was a moulder by trade.

After meeting that night – and Elsie stepping on Malcolm’s toes! – they were married just a year later.

The ceremony took place on June 25, 1948, in Forrest Memorial Church in Harthill where Elsie hailed from.

The couple then moved to Falkirk and into their first home on Davids Loan.

Elsie stopped working and Malcolm, who had served as a mechanic in the RAF during World War two, worked in foundries across the district.

The Mathies had three children, Peter (64), Catherine (62) and Margaret (49).

They moved house several times over the years, and stayed in Falkirk, Camelon and Hallglen.

Later in life, Elsie worked at Easter Carmuirs Primary as a special needs attendant, and later held a position in the school’s bank.

She was also treasurer of Hallglen Woman’s Guild and the Glen Village Over-60s Club.

The couple now live in Pleasance Court and are looking forward to celerbating their blue sapphire anniversdary with a family party this weekend, which will include their two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Elsie said: “We’ve always made the best of things and we don’t really argue.

“It’s also important to have a sense of humour, too.”