A village bobby who made “further enquiries” after seeing the girl of his dreams on his beat has now celebrated his diamond wedding with his beloved wife.
Brightons man Bill Porter was patrolling Lennoxtown, his area at the time, when he spotted Margaret Gibson in 1949.
“After I saw her I just had to make some further enquiries and was eventually introduced to her by one of her friends,” said Bill.
“We courted for more than two years before we got married and we’ve had a very happy life together. It’s all down to having a good wife, good family, good friends and guidance from God.”
Margaret lived in the grounds of Lennox House in the staff houses with her parents and Bill chose the picturesque setting to pop the question.
The couple, both now 83, were married on September 27, 1952 in the Campsie High Church in Lennoxtown and held their reception in Glasgow’s Prince of Wales Hall.
They stayed in Stirling for the early years of their marriage, but moved to Grangemouth in 1966. The first of their three children, Jim, came along in 1954 followed by Carol and Alan.
Jim is well known in local amateur dramatics circles.
Bill was a policeman for 30 years, spending most of his career in the CID, whilst Margaret raised the family.
Bill and Margaret also have six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Margaret said: “I think I fell for his uniform at first.
“It was quite tough at times because back in those days a policeman worked six or seven days a week and longer hours so he wasn’t around much sometimes, but we just got on with it.
“I really enjoyed being a mum and bringing up my family. We have been blessed when it comes to them.”