Larbert couple celebrate Diamond wedding

Mr and Mrs Murray
Mr and Mrs Murray

The first time William Murray asked Elizabeth Linton for a dance, he mistook her for another girl.

In fact, the then 24-year-old even said: “You’re the wrong girl” when the pair took to the floor in Doaks in 1947.

But as the couple – affectionately known as Bill and Betty – are now celebrating 60 years of marriage, it seems that she absolutely was the right girl for him.

It was the beginning of a very full life together, with two children and Bill working and living in four continents.

The Larbert couple tied the knot on March 5, 1955 at Falkirk West Church.

They were married by the vicar, Dr William Grant, and the marriage was witnessed by Peter and Martha Lamont.

After a reception in the Masonic Hall, they enjoyed a honeymoon in London.

Their first home was a flat directly above the Roman Bar in Camelon but their next was far further afield.

Bill (84) said: “I was offered a job in East Africa working for the electricity board, carrying out construction and maintenance.

“It was supposed to be for three years...”

The couple, in fact, lived for 15 years in Uganda where they had their children, Susan and Simon. After a brief spell back in Scotland, Bill was on the road again. He spent years working in Libya, Ecuador, Qatar, Pakistan, Nigeria, Oman and Abu Dhabi.

Although Betty accompanied him to many locations, he was alone in South America, aged 53, when he suffered a spinal injury.

He was airlifted out and spent the next eight months in hospital. But the accident didn’t hold him back – he later moved into private electrical engineering consultancy.

Betty spent her early working life as a book binder at Riley, Dunn and Wilson and also worked shifts there later in her life.

With daughter Susan, she then ran the ‘Coffee and Cream’ coffee shop in La Porte Precinct, Grangemouth.

The business thrived for 25 years, becoming well known and respected.

The couple, who still keep very active, now have two grandchildren and are looking forward to celebrating with family this weekend.

And the secret to a long and happy marriage is... “good digs”, according to Bill!