Gordon and Netta Howorth celebrated 50 years of marriage with their family in the place where it all started for them.
The Grangemouth couple were married in Dundas Church before hosting a reception at the Inchyra Hotel (now Inchyra Grange Hotel) on September 12, 1964 after meeting each other when they served in the Army in Emblem, Belgium working in the stores together.
Netta’s bridesmaids were sister Morag Derry, Karen Derry and Susan Fletcher while Gordon’s best man was his brother Peter.
Gordon (74) is originally from Rochdale but moved to the area to set up home with Netta when she left the WRAC after four years to raise the family as they didn’t want their children travelling around different bases.
Their family now extends to three daughters Lynn (48), Debbie (46) and Nicola (41), six grandchildren Christopher, Bryony, Dean, Kyle, Dylan and Teigan and two great grandchildren Mason and Jorgie – most of whom were there last Friday at the Inchyra to help them mark the milestone occasion.
Grandson Dean McLachlan (23) is still in New Zealand where he did a bungee jump for charity for local girl Hollie Shaw (4).
While the couple’s love for each other has only gotten stronger over the years, other things have also risen during the years.
Gordon joked: “It cost us £35 13/6 (£35, 13 shillings, 6p) for the whole thing with 48 guests, a toast, the room, a band and a service charge. We’ve still got all the receipts from the day.
“These days one meal cost more than that. I asked them for the same rates but they politely declined unfortunately.
“The Alexander’s bus we had booked cost less than you pay for a bus into Falkirk now too.”
Gordon was in the RAOC for 12 years and moved to the nearby BP plant for over 20 years before taking early retirement.
Netta was a housewife raising the children, but also took on work as a cleaner in Grangemouth High School in later years.
Netta revealed their secret to a long happy marriage: “I think it’s all about give and take. He gives and I take.
“Seriously though it’s about talking things through.
“We’ve had our ups and downs but marriages are not just about one person.”