Holiday romance leads to diamond celebration for Stenhousemuir couple

Eileen and Dennis Duncan at their diamond wedding anniversary party
Eileen and Dennis Duncan at their diamond wedding anniversary party

A holiday romance in the fifties turned into wedded bliss for a couple who have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Eileen and Dennis Duncan met in his home town of Moffat when Eileen, from Stenhousemuir, used to holiday there with her family and the couple were soon courting.

Within a matter of months Dennis (82) proposed in February 1955 and they were married on October 22 the same year in Stenhouse Church in Stenhousemuir.

The Rev. Peter McPhail carried out the wedding ceremony before guests enjoyed the reception in the Mathieson’s Hall in Falkirk.

Eileen’s bridesmaid was her cousin Betty Anderson and Duncan’s best man was Gus McDonald.

Former Glasgow policeman Dennis became a shift supervisor at the BP plant in Grangemouth when he moved to the area, while Eileen was a staff nurse in Bellsdyke Hospital for 38 years.

They have two children – Denise and Derrick – as well as six grandchildren and the family all helped them mark the milestone in Carrondale Nursing Home in Carron where Dennis now resides due to ill health.

Eileen (80) said: “We have had a very happy life together, ups and downs like everyone else, but you just have to stick at it, there was no other way back then. You just got on with it.

“We’ve had some great times, great holidays together and our family and grandchildren have brought us a lot of happiness.

“We had a big family gathering at the home where Dennis is and I’d like to thank the staff there for all they did. They really did us proud on the day.”