50 Golden years for Carronshore’s Jim and Vicky

Jim and Vicky Allan
Jim and Vicky Allan

A well-kent couple from Carronshore have celebrated 50 years of happily married life.

Jim and Vicky Allan marked their Golden wedding anniversary on September 28 with a party at The Plough Hotel in Stenhousemuir, which was attended by 130 guests.

The couple did not asked not for presents, and instead requested that donations were made to Alzheimer Scotland, raising £1054 for the charity in the process.

The Allans met through mutual friends in the early 1960s, and courted for a year before becoming engaged in 1962.

Jim, who was born in Glasgow, moved to Carronshore with his mother after his father was killed in the Second World War. Vicky, nee Donaldson, is a “born and bred” Mariner, having been brought up in Camelon.

They were married in St Mary’s church, Camelon, in 1963. Best man was Vicky’s late brother Stuart, and maid of honour was Jim’s sister Linda MacNeill.

Following a reception at The Ellwyn in Grangemouth, the newly-married Allans flew off for a week’s honeymoon in Costa De Mar, Spain - their first holiday abroad, and an experience that Jim remembers being as “very exotic”.

Jim, a former goalkeeper with Dunipace and Sauchie Juniors, worked was an electrician for Miller’s in Laurieston Road as Vicky raised the couple’s two daughters, Denise and Donna.

In 1970, the family embarked upon a bold new adventure when they emigrated to South Africa. Jim remembers: “I left with my wife, two kids and six suitcases.”

They arrived in Johannesburg before settling in Durban. They returned to Carronshore in 1989 when the Allans briefly took over a cornershop, before becoming the landlords of The Blackmill Inn for several years.

Now retired, the Allans enjoying spending time with their five grandchildren and one great-grandchil, who all stay in locally.