Airth couple re-united for Diamond Wedding after eight months apart in lockdown

A husband and wife have been reunited after eight months apart because of pandemic restrictions, just in time to celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 12:06 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd April 2021, 12:29 pm

Margaret McMeechan lives at Airthrey Care Home in Airth, and her only contact with husband, William, has been through window visits while lockdown restrictions were in place.

But, as the couple’s big day came, access eased and they were able to be together again for their 60th wedding anniversary..

William, 80, and Margaret, 78, married in Cowie Parish Church on April 7, 1961.

William and Margaret McMeechan reunited on their 60th wedding anniversary

William hailed from Fallin and Margaret from Cowie.

After their wedding ceremony, they returned to Margaret’s mother’s home for steak pie and drinks.

To mark the anniversary celebrations, staff at Airthrey Care Home decorated the lounge and presented William and Margaret with a gift.

The care home’s chef prepared an afternoon tea, which was accompanied by an anniversary cake.

The couple also received a message of congratulations and a telegram from the Queen.

The day was made even more special with congratulations from the couple’s relatives - William and Margaret have five children, James, Ewan, Helen, Thomas and Kirsty, 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Rebecca McLaughlin, care home manager said: “Up until March, Margaret and William had only been able to see each other through window visits.

“As we were able to welcome William to Airthrey, the staff worked so hard to make their day extra special.

“ I can’t think of a nicer thing to celebrate and I wish them many congratulations.

“To be able to reunite Margaret and William for their anniversary was nothing other than amazing.

“Both of them thoroughly enjoyed the day and their wee smiles said it all. It really meant a lot.”

William and Margaret’s daughter, Helen, said: “Since restrictions have eased, my dad can now visit my mum at Airthrey every week.

“Being reunited after all this time made their diamond wedding anniversary even more special. Our whole family would like to thank all staff at Airthrey Care Home for everything they did to make their day so enjoyable.”

Airthrey Care Home, located in Airth, is run by Meallmore.

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