Golden Wedding Anniversary: Former Falkirk Herald match reporter Ian White celebrates 50 years of marriage to beloved Anne

A Camelon couple say facing life’s ups and downs together has been a crucial component of their 50-year marriage.

Ian and Anne White, née Rae, toasted their Golden Wedding anniversary at home in Mansionhouse Road on October 16.

Mr White met his future wife while going round the doors collecting payments for his dad’s coal business.

Marriage soon followed and the pair tied the knot at the Registrars Office at the Municipal Buildings in Falkirk.

Camelon couple Ian White and Anne White celebrated their Golden Wedding on October 16. Picture: Michael Gillen.

Camelon-born Ian, who wrote match reports on Camelon Juniors for The Falkirk Herald’s sport section for 30 years, was educated at Carmuirs Primary School and Graeme High School.

Anne, originally of Falkirk, attended Victoria Primary School, East Carmuirs Primary School and Falkirk High School.

The husband and wife pair have called Camelon home ever since they were married and that’s where children James, Jane, Anne and Mhairi were brought up.

Ian White and Anne White pictured on their wedding day in 1970. Contributed.

An engineer by trade, Ian worked in various foundries and brickworks in the Falkirk area before turning his attention to football writing.

He recalls working at every senior park in Stirlingshire – including Brockville and Ochilview – with pride and cites Camelon Juniors winning the Scottish Junior Cup in 1995 as a personal highlight. It was a match Ian covered for this title.

Anne was a stay-at-home mother who “looked after the bairns” prior to taking up a position at Camelon Children’s Nursery which she held for 19 years.

The Whites have been blessed with ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

When not spending time with their family, Ian and Anne share a passion for football and gardening – one that exists to this day, even if that means they have to watch games online amidst the current coronavirus restrictions.

Holidays to Greece have also been a source of joy for the couple over the years.

Offering his take on what is required for a long and happy marriage, Ian chuckled and said: “We just get on with each other, it’s not hard.

“You’ve got to go through the bad and good times together.”

He added: “Sometimes the bad times make the good times better.”

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