Sparkling night as Falkirk couple celebrate Diamond Wedding

Diamond couple Jim and Janette Blair
Diamond couple Jim and Janette Blair

Celebrating a sparkling 60 years of married life are Falkirk couple Jim and Janette Blair.

The local ice rink played ‘cupid’ in 1953 - Jim was a star with Falkirk Speedskating Club and Scottish record holder the night Janette and his girlfriends went along to watch the squad train.

Despite her opening line: “For a speedskater you are not very fast”, love blossomed and on December 1 the following year they were married in the town’s Registry Office.

Last Monday, exactly 60 years after saying “I do” to each other, they were guests of honour when family and friends gathered to mark their Diamond Wedding anniversary in a local hotel.

As well as their children Sylvia (59), Jim (56), Helen (52) and Robert (50) they were also congratulated on reaching the milestone by their nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jim (84) and Janette (81), from Weir Street in Falkirk specifically asked everyone who attended not to bring gifts - but instead make a donation to two charities close to their hearts - Amyloidosis UK and Alzheimers Scotland - which raised over £1000.

Unfortunately Jim, who was a self-employed painter and decorator, coach painter and sign writer and coached at both Falkirk and Stirling Speedskating clubs until the age of 60, suffers from Amyloidosis which is a rare systemic disease which affects the organs while Janette was diagnosed with Alzheimers a number of years ago.

Despite all this the couple remain dedicated to each other and Monday night was a wonderful occasion.

Sylvia said: “It was a special night for mum and dad which we were all delighted to be a part of.”