For one happy Stenousemuir couple and their loving family today (Thursday) is a diamond celebration.
Thomas (82) and Ethel (79) Binnie were married 60 years ago to the day in St John’s Church in Camelon and the pair will be celebrating the event with their nearest and dearest.
Thomas, who worked for Walter Alexander Coachbuilders in Falkirk, met Ethel while at the dancing in Falkirk Union Hall.
He said: “It was ladies’ choice, so she picked me and that is how it started.” Ethel, who worked in Woolworths at the time, said: “No, I was left with only him to choose.”
The happy couple were engaged for a year and a half before tying the knot.
Thomas, who was born on a farm in Stirling, worked with the coach builders for 40 years and during this time he was a table tennis champion and bowls champion.
Ethel was retired by the age of 62, however spent her earlier years touring clubs in Scotland entertaining crowds with her country and western singing talents.
Thomas said: “She is a great singer and everyone loved her shows.”
The couple have three daughters, Linda (58), Catherine (57) and Lesley (50), as well as six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Linda explained the benefit of having a large family that all live within walking distance to one another.
She said: “When we have a party everyone is close enough to walk home meaning we can all enjoy a wee drink.”
The Binnie clan is a very close group who all enjoy spending time with each other. Thomas said: “We love having parties, dressing up, sing-songs, even having a dip in our daughter’s hot-tub, it is all a great laugh.”
The family became even closer when they sadly lost Colin Forsythe, one of Thomas and Ethel’s grandsons, at just 26-years-old.
Ethel said: “He was the life and soul of the party, we are always thinking about him and everyone misses the joy he brought to the family.”
Thomas and Ethel both agree they have had a great life with each other and are looking forward to enjoying their special celebratory dinner at the Plough Hotel in Stenhousemuir with the rest of the family.