George and Molly reach a milestone

George and Molly celebrating their 75th weding anniversary this week
George and Molly celebrating their 75th weding anniversary this week
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George and Molly Robertson say they are as much in love now as when they first met ... in 1935.

The great grandparents, who now live in Camelon, this week became one of the few married couples to reach a rare milestone - their 75th wedding anniversary.

George and Molly Paterson on their wedding day in 1937

George and Molly Paterson on their wedding day in 1937

And Molly (94) and George (97) agree on the secret of their very long and happy marriage.

They have been committed to caring and sharing their lives together, and have managed to steer clear of falling out and arguing.

George said: “I always had the last word.”

The couple met at a dance after a flower show in Fyvie in the North East 77 years ago and tied the knot in Aberdeen on September 25, 1937.

Molly said: “I remember meeting him like it was yesterday.

“On the wedding day, I remember my father wasn’t pleased because it was a great harvesting day and he had to go to a wedding.

“We are still very happy.”

George is a retired keeper of Alloa cemetery, and still enjoys a wee whisky every night, while Molly, a keen baker, enjoys a sherry.

But despite their long marriage, the pair have hardly been apart except for the war years when George saw active service with the Royal Engineers.

He had a narrow escape when a troop ship he was on was torpedoed. After spending six hours at sea, he was rescued by a passing destroyer.

During war-time, George travelled far and wide including service in North Africa and Italy.

The couple, who are from Aberdeenshire, and who lived in Alloa for much of their married life, moved to the Falkirk area two years ago to be close to their main carer, daughter Joyce Goldie.

The 61-year-old said: “I just think it’s brilliant.

“There won’t be many people who get to this anniversary.

“They are very happy, and I can never remember ever hearing them argue when I was growing up.

“Even now, she still gives him a kiss every time she passes him.”

George and Molly received a telegram from the HM The Queen on their anniversary on Tuesday, and were visited by local councillors and Falkirk’s Provost Pat Reid.

The 75th wedding anniversary is known as a combined diamond and gold milestone.

Few couples have been recorded as sharing the achievement, although an Edinburgh-based couple celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in January 2012.

Molly and George have three children, five grandchildren, five great grandchildren and are expecting their first great, great grandchild in December.

The sparkling couple will celebrate with a family party at The Park Hotel next Saturday when relatives from all over the country will make the trip to Falkirk to join them.