Diamond day for Robert and Frances

Robert McNally and Frances McNally with their card from The Queen
Robert McNally and Frances McNally with their card from The Queen
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It took Robert McNally more than a year from the day he first met his future wife Frances to ask her out on a date.

But good things come to those wait - and now the couple from Dunipace are celebrating 60 years of happily married life together.

The McNallys were married in St Alexander’s in Denny on August 8, 1953, and they have remained members of the same church ever since.

Robert’s best man on the big day was his brother Patrick, and maid of honour was Frances’ sister Margaret.

Following a reception in the nearby Lester Hall, the newly-weds travelled for a week’s honeymoon in Aberdeen. “It was a scorcher,” recalls Robert (84). “The weather could not have been better.”

Brought up in Coalpark Place in Denny, Robert first set eyes on his future wife at a dance in The Crypt, attached to St Alexander’s, shortly after he returned from England after serving two years National Service.

Frances (81), who was raised in nearby Davies Row, said they both enjoyed dancing and would regularly travel to halls across the district.

Following their marriage, Frances quit work to concentrate raising her family. The couple have four children, Alice-Mary, Carol-Ann, Patrick and Frances.

Robert worked in the building trade before joining Carrongrove paper mill, where he worked for more than 25 years. A keen bowler, he was a member of Denny Bowling Club for 30 years

Frances has been a member of St Anne’s Guild for 57 years, and continues to attend meetings.

As the years went by the family has continued to grow and the McNallys now have eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Their oldest grandchild, Joseph, has special needs and the family have taken the opportunity to thank the TOC H project, based in Westpark Church in Denny, for all the support they have offered him.

The McNallys celebrated their Diamond anniversary on August 8 with a small gathering of close family at their home in Dunipace. A larger party was held on Saturday at The Lantern restaurant in Denny.