A Falkirk couple were surrounded by family and happy memories as they celebrated 60 years of marriage.
John and Christine Fairley of Balmoral Street marked their diamond anniversary last month, and celebrated in Leven, scene of many happy holidays with their five children. They now have nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren - and “one pending”.
Born in Dunfermline, Mrs Fairley (81), nee Cramb, met future husband John (83), of Thornbridge Road, when she was 16 at Doaks dance hall.
The wedding was held on June 30, 1955, at Erskine Church conducted by Dr Grant of the West Church and witnessed by John’s step brother Archie Burden and Christine’s friend Helen Wright.
At the time John was serving in the Merchant Navy, where he stayed for four years, and Christine worked at Campbell Baxters accountants and then John Menzies.
The couple moved to Springfield Lane and then Penders Lane. They welcomed five children - Lillian, Kristine, Joanne, Evelyn and John.
Meantime John enjoyed a career as a maintenance fitter, first with British Aluminium and then with BP in Grangemouth. Working for the company for 26 years, John also organised many golfing and social events, before retiring, aged 55.
While raising the children, Christine took a job in Smith’s wool shop to help pay for school uniforms. She said: “It was only supposed to be for six months, but I stayed for 25 years.”
Most of their life has been spent in Balmoral Street where they have lived for almost 50 years. Christine added: “We’ve been very happy, and we have our family in a wee circle all around us.”