Brightons husband and wife celebrate Diamond Wedding anniversary

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Teamwork has played a pivotal part in a Brightons husband and wife reaching 60 years of happy marriage.

Diamond duo William (88) and Christabel Rankine (82), née Menzies, are today (Thursday, October 15) marking the milestone moment at their home in Waggon Road.

New Covid-19 restrictions mean the pair haven’t been able to enjoy a planned family meal, however, that will be put right as soon as is feasible.

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Brightons man William, also known as Willie, and Christabel, originally of Oban, first met when the latter was working as a milk recorder at Polmontside Farm – right next door to her husband-to-be's house.

Diamond Wedding anniversary of William Rankine and Christabel Rankine (Pic: MIchael Gillen)Diamond Wedding anniversary of William Rankine and Christabel Rankine (Pic: MIchael Gillen)
Diamond Wedding anniversary of William Rankine and Christabel Rankine (Pic: MIchael Gillen)

The couple married in St Columba’s Cathedral in Christbal’s hometown, having moved into their first and current home together just prior.

Willie worked for Imperial Chemical Industries in Grangemouth his entire career, starting out as an apprentice plumber before becoming a work study engineer and latterly a building trades manager. He retired in 1985.

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The birth of first daughter Particia (59) signalled the start of Christabel’s role as a stay-at-home mother.

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The Rankines then welcomed son Billy (57) and daughters Marion (55) and Catherine (52) into the world.

They have also been blessed with three grandchildren and one great-grandson who was born this year.

In her free time, Christabel was involved with the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service, while her husband was a session clerk at Brightons Parish Church for 30 years.

Spending time together holidaying in Jersey, St Andrews and the Moray Coast is also a cherished pastime for the pair.

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Revealing their secret to a successful marriage, Willie said: “Working as a team. If you fall out, fall back in again.”

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