A chance meeting at the former Ritz cinema in Camelon’s Main Street helped Annie Irvine find her leading man.
The cigarette factory worker from Bonnybridge was out with friends when she met John Ross, whose family lived opposite the picture house in a property that is now the site of Lemetti’s chip shop.
The couple hit it off right away and after a five-year courtship were married on August 28, 1954, in St Helen’s Church in Bonnybridge. The service was followed by a small reception at the bride’s family home in the village.
This week, they were again joined by family as they celebrated their diamond wedding at the Park Hotel, Falkirk.
John (81) worked for Scottish Tar Distillers for 16 years, and the newlyweds moved into one of the works’ houses in Lime Road, Tamfourhill.
In 1962 they moved to their present home in Clarinda Avenue, Camelon where they raised their family-of-three – Linda, John and Alex.
John later moved to the ISR rubber plant in Grangemouth where he spent 30 years before retiring.
In his spare time he kept racing pigeons, a hobby which he enjoyed for 66 years, but Annie (80) said she filled her days with looking after the home and “watching weans”.
She loves nothing more than having her grandchildren Thomas, Lana, Stuart, Alissa, Sophia and Liam, and great-grandchildren Kieran, Morgan, Jack and Chelsea around, along with her children and their partners, Tom, Nickie and Karen.
Annie said: “I never worked after my family came along as I had a good provider. My family took up all my time.”
Asked the secret of a long and happy marriage, John said: “We’ve had our ups and downs like any family but the best part was always making up.”