Diamond couple celebrate

Catherine and Alastair McNabb
Catherine and Alastair McNabb

Falkirk’s old ice skating rink was the place where love first blossomed for a Polmont couple who celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary this week.

Catherine McNab (83) first caught the eye of husband Alastair (87) at the ice rink in Grangemouth Road when she was 19.

“I think it was the uniform that got me,” said Alastair.

Four years later in 1952 they got married at Falkirk Old Parish Church and enjoyed a honeymoon in Arbroath, which was a popular holiday destination of that era.

Catherine’s brother Willie Scott was the best man, while her friend Nan Bett did the honours as bridesmaid on the big day.

The couple embarked on family life in Grangemouth’s Waverley Crescent where former RAF serviceman Alastair worked in the docks industry for 34 years. Catherine worked in the BA in Bainsford as a typist.

They have two children, Anne (56) and June (52), and have two grandchildren Michael and Gillian who live in Vancouver with mum Anne.

Catherine said: “I’d say we’ve had a happy marriage. Our best memories are when we lived in Waverley Crescent bringing up the girls. Those were happy times and we all loved them.

“I’d say the secret to a happy marriage is always sorting things out between each other when you need to and we’re still doing that.”

picture: GARY HUTCHISON (122768a/b)