It’s a golden day for the Grays!

Bobby and Isabel Gray
Bobby and Isabel Gray

Isabel and Bobby Gray have celebrated their golden life together.

The Bainsford couple toasted their 50th wedding anniversary surrounded by family and friends at the end of last month during a party at Larbert Bowling Club.

Isabel Weir, from Stenhousemuir, met Paisley’s Robert in 1961 at Doak’s dance hall.

The young sweethearts got engaged the following year, before tying the knot on March 28, 1964 at Stenhouse and Carron Church.

Witnessed by friends Irene Paterson and John Terry, the wedding signalled the start of a long and happy life together.

Bobby was with Alexander coachbuilders for 20 years, before working for himself with fibre glass company GRP Larbert for 25 years.

For the past 10 years, he has been employed by Central Motors in Airdrie and, at 73, continues to work full-time.

But, despite a full career, Bobby was also a part-time professional footballer, playing for St Johnstone, Alloa Athletic, East Stirlingshire, and Partick Thistle as a young man.

Bobby said: “I loved it. I was working full-time and then away to training – it was great going all over to play the matches at the weekend.”

A highlight was when Bobby’s Partick Thistle side beat Celtic in 1971 to win the League Cup, the club’s most famous result.

The entire team was inducted into Scottish Football’s Hall of Fame in 2009, something Bobby deems as a “great honour”.

As well as raising the couple’s two daughters, Jillian and Lesley, Isabel (70) found her forte in food during her working life.

Starting out at 15 as a shop assistant at James Haddow & Son on the corner of Melville Street, Isabel is a well-kent face in the town thanks to her various jobs in the Co-op, Hall of Cards, Boots and the Coffee Cabin.

But it was her time spent with Falcon Catering Larbert that was her favourite, working for the company for “a brilliant” 13 years in research and development.

Isabel’s skills were officially signed off when she went to college to study catering at the age of 52.

“My daughter used to drop me off at college,” said Isabel, “and she used to say it should be the other way round.”

Isabel retired last year from Cadwinkle’s soft play, but still bakes “as and when required”.

The Grays think the secret to a long and happy marriage is give and take, and now find great joy in spending time with their three grandchildren.

They plan to continue the celebrations with a holiday in the summer, and have thanked all family and friends for their generous gifts.