Golden moment for Falkirk couple

Peter and Christine received cards and flowers from family and friends as they celebrated 50 years marriage.
Peter and Christine received cards and flowers from family and friends as they celebrated 50 years marriage.

A summer love story that blossomed in the less-than-romantic setting of a tinned food factory has celebrated 50 years.

Students Peter Emslie and Christine Doig had both taken holiday jobs at the Morrells Cannary in Dundee in 1962 when their eyes met across the production lines for the first time.

He was checking the strawberries, while she was making sure the peas were tender enough to be put into tins!

Last week the happy couple from Glen Gardens in Falkirk fondly remembered their first date – a trip to the local cinema – as they celebrated their Golden Wedding in a local hotel with their two married children Fiona and Neil and their partners, their five grandchildren and close friends.

By the time Peter (21) returned to Queen’s College in Dundee later that year to resume his chemistry course and Christine (20) headed back to Moray House in Edinburgh and her teacher training they were very much an “item”.

Peter proposed in December 1963 and they were married in St Salvator’s College Chapel, St Andrews on August 7, 1965.

While Peter completed his Phd they set up home in Dundee and Christine worked at Leuchars Primary School, but the following year they moved to Grangemouth when he joined British Hydrocarbons as a research chemist.

Fiona was born in 1968 and Neil in 1971 by which time the family had settled in Falkirk.

Peter retired from BP Chemicals in 1992 and Christine from Comely Park in 1997, after teaching in a number of schools across the district.

They agree that the secret of a successful marriage is having something they both enjoy – in their case their family and bowling.

Peter is past president of Falkirk Bowling Club and an honorary member of Falkirk Indoor Bowling Club, Scottish Indoor Bowling Association and World Indoor Bowling Council.