From ice to diamond for Airth couple

Alexander and Betty are celebrating their Diamond wedding
Alexander and Betty are celebrating their Diamond wedding

A happy couple have celebrated the Diamond Wedding anniversary - with warm memories of their first ‘date’ - at the local icerink!

Alexander Duffie (80), from Airth, set eyes on his future wife Betty (83) at the popular skating venue in Grangemouth Road in the early 1950s and admitted, while it was not exactly love at first sight, it was pretty close.

He said: “I used to shower her with ice in there to get her attention. I would say it was at least love at second sight.”

Their romance was cut short, however, as Alexander was called away to do his national service and found himself stationed in Japan and Korea during the period.

Upon his return the couple were married at Airth Manse on December 5, setting up house in the Bog Road area of Falkirk and then Camelon where they raised their family, which now includes children Frank (59) and Elizabeth (58), four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Betty worked for William Short the grocer in Falkirk and Grangemouth, while Alexander took on the role of lorry driver with Stirling County Council for over 30 years.

Alexander would be found at the local bowling club in the past, but now spends time keeping his garden shipshape.

The couple will mark their diamond wedding milestone with a family gathering at Airth Castle.

And the secret of their long marriage?

“We just clicked,” said Alexander.