Grangemouth couple still going strong after 60 years

David and Bunty Blair

David and Bunty Blair

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After 60 years of marriage, David and Agnes Blair and still dancing together.

The Blairs, from Grangemouth, celebrated their diamond anniversary on July 17 with family after tying the knot in 1953.

Agnes (nee Russell), who is known as Bunty, is from Falkirk and first met her future husband, Grangemouth’s David, when she was just 17.

They were both involved with ice hockey and met at Falkirk’s ice rink in 1951.

Two years later, they married at St James Manse in Orchard Street before celebrating with family and friends at the Co-operative Hall in Grahams Road.

David’s younger brother, William, was the best man while Bunty’s friend Mary Furby was the bridesmaid.

The newlyweds moved to their first home in Union Place shortly after.

David, who is one of 12 children, worked in a local wood yard for a spell before before getting into the railways, just like his father before him.

He was employed in the railway industry for the rest of his working life, spending 35 years as a superviser.

Meanwhile, Bunty was busy raising the couple’s three children, Vera, David and Yvonne, who all still live locally.

Bunty also worked in the Co-op in Central Avenue for 30 years, and the family later spent 25 years living in Smallburn Place before settling in Kerse Road.

Throughout their life, the couple have enjoyed socialising, with David’s main hobby being bowling.

They still go dancing together every weekend and enjoy time with family and friends.

The Blairs believe that the secret to a long and happy marriage is to get on with things and to also enjoy some time doing your own thing.

Bunty (79) and David (82) now have six grandchildren, and one great grandchild, 10-month-old Caitlyn.