Grangemouth couple’s journey from Doak’s to Auckland

A happy couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary half a world away from the place they first met.

George and Dorothy Turner, originally from Grangemouth, marked their 60 years of marriage with family and friends in Auckland, New Zealand, earlier this month.

More than six decades ago Dorothy (81) left Grangemouth High School to work in the local Co-op, becoming manager of the baker’s shop in Kerse Road. Meanwhile, George (83) left Camelon School to take up his apprenticeship as a joiner with Andrew Laing in Falkirk, before doing his National Service with the RAF.

The couple first laid eyes on each other at famous Falkirk nightspot Doak’s Ballroom and were soon married in the Grange Church, Grangemouth, on July 2, 1954.

Dorothy and George then embarked on a new life together, sailing to New Zealand a few weeks after their wedding and starting a family in the country’s Napier area. They soon moved to Auckland to raise their three sons and establish a successful joinery and shop fitting business.

The couple, who have nine grandchildren, now live in a retirement village and have a busy, active life.