Grangemouth’s diamond couple nearly missed their big day

Daniel and Jane Wilson
Daniel and Jane Wilson

A couple will have two reasons to celebrate today (Thursday) as everyone enjoys the festive fun of Christmas.

Daniel and Jane Wilson, of Sharp Terrace, Grangemouth, mark their 60th wedding anniversary on December 25, but they admitted they almost missed the landmark date.

“We thought it was next year,” said Daniel (79), originally from Hamilton. “Our daughter Valerie was going to organise something for 2015, but then we realised a bit late it was actually this year.

“We’re going to have a celebration some time in the new year.”

The couple first met when they were only teenagers and it was a case of love at first sight.

Jane (80), originally from Falkirk, said: “I was Daniel’s first girlfriend and he was my first boyfriend.”

“We met at The York dancing,” said Daniel. “We must have been about 14 or 15 years old. I picked her up for a dance.”

Romance quickly blossomed and Daniel and Jane were soon inseparable. That changed when Daniel, who worked as a carpenter in an Grangemouth boat yard, decided to join the Army and was stationed initially in Stirling and then took up a post with the Queen’s 
Guard at Balmoral, based in Redford Barracks in Edinburgh.

It was during a festive leave in 1954 when the couple tied the knot in St Mary’s Manse, Falkirk, with the big date happening to fall on Christmas Day.

Daniel said: “We didn’t plan it as a Christmas wedding it was just a day during my three-day leave.”

When he left the army he took up a position with Region Oil in Grangemouth and Jane worked with local bookbinding firm Junior Books in Earls Road.

The couple raised two children, Linda (59) and Valerie (56), and now have four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren who will be able to enjoy their milestone wedding anniversary celebrations with them.

So what is the secret of such a long relationship and marriage from teenagers to octogenarians?

“Just stay happy and married,” said Jane.