Larbert couple celebrate 50 happy years together

The planned celebrations may not have happened when one Larbert couple reached a golden milestone recently but they didn’t let the pandemic take the shine off their big day.

By Fiona Dobie
Friday, 10th July 2020, 12:30 pm
Robert and Moira Paton of Larbert celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on June 29, 2020
Robert and Moira Paton of Larbert celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on June 29, 2020

Moira and Robert Paton marked their 50th wedding anniversary on Monday, June 29.

The couple were 
married at Larbert Old 
Church on that date in 1970, having met Robert said “where everyone our age used to meet” at the dancing at the Dobbie Hall.

Moira (70) grew up in Stenhousemuir while husband Robert was raised along the road in Larbert.

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Robert and Moira Paton on their wedding day in 1970.

Before he retired Robert (74)worked as a team leader for Falcon Catering, which used to be known as Glynwed, based in Larbert. The firm manufacture catering equipment.

Moira worked in the McCowans toffee factory in Stenhousemuir before they started their family.

She gave up her work to stay at home and raise the couple’s two children, daughter Janet (49) and son Robert (45).

They have nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The couple had intended to celebrate the occasion with family, however the current restrictions which are in place due to Covid-19 put paid to that.

Robert said: “We were going to have a celebration, but with this virus we couldn’t get anything booked.”

Instead the Patons spent their special anniversary at home together marking their 50 years of marriage with an afternoon tea which was delivered from Nellie’s.

The couple would like to thank everyone who sent them cards, gifts and best wishes for the day.

When asked the secret to a long and happy marriage, Robert joked “keep your mouth shut!”

He added: “My wife and I have always got on.”