A Camelon couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary this week and made a point of celebrating it with their family.
Peter and Pearl (nee McDonald) Swords first set eyes on each other across the dance floor in a church-owned hall in Grahams Road in 1950, or “at the dancing” to use the common term for where most relationships of the time first flourished.
Peter, who was 23 at the time, had just left the army after serving in Germany following World War II, and he managed to pluck up the courage to ask Pearl, who was 20 and worked in Marks and Spencer, for a dance.
Three years later on June 25, 1953 they were married in Falkirk’s St Francis Xaviers Church. Peter’s brother Michael was the best man and Pearl’s sister Beth was the best maid. They spent a night in Glasgow before going on honeymoon to Dublin where Peter’s family are from. The couple lived with Pearl’s parents in Windsor Road after the wedding but got their first home together shortly afterwards in Dorrator Road. They also stayed in Watt Gardens before finally settling in Aitken Terrace where they still live.
Pearl proved to be the prefect housewife raising their four children daughters Denise and Brenda and sons Frankie and Michael as Peter worked as a moulder in Mains and then Glynwed. Pearl said: “I think the secret to our long marriage is that we have worked in harmony with each other over the years. We were also blessed with great children who have done both of us proud and still come home to take care of us.”
Peter and Pearl have nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. A dinner to mark the occasion was held last Sunday at the Red Lion in Larbert with all the family.