Couple still in step after 60 years ...

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If first impressions counted for Jane Kyle she wouldn’t have spent the last 60 years married to Tom!

He asked her to dance and afterwards was asked by another girl what she thought of him.

Mrs Kyle (81) said: “I said he was a show-off and I didn’t like him – I didn’t realise the girl was Tom’s sister!”

Despite the shaky first meeting, the two ended up marrying and mark their diamond wedding anniversary today (Thursday).

The couple met when Carronshore girl Jane moved to the Borders town of Hawick with her family.

They were engaged soon after and were married at Hawick Baptist Church.

When Tom (also 81) was made redundant from Pringle’s in 1976, the family – which by then included Ann (now 55), Helen (53) and Andrew (52) – moved to Falkirk.

After three years at Continex in Grangemouth, he got a job with Falkirk Council as a caretaker at Callendar Park, working there until he retired in 1996.

Jane also worked with the local authority, in the municipal buildings canteen, for 16 years.

The Kyles have lived in Stenhousemuir for the past 16 years and now have seven grandchildren – Jayne, 
Wilson, Kyle, Blair, Charlene, Megan and Gavin – and three great grandchildren – Adam, Zac and Jenna.

Jane is a member of The Grace Church in Larbert and attends Stenhousemuir Salvation Army Church while Tom likes to keep up with snooker and bowls.

To mark 60 happy years together, the couple will have a meal at Glenbervie Golf Club in Larbert with the family.