Teddy Boy Bairn danced his way into her heart

James and Elizabeth Malone
James and Elizabeth Malone

There was plenty of singing and dancing last weekend as a Falkirk couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

James and Elizabeth Malone toasted 60 years of marriage on March 25 and friends and family joined the music-loving couple at a special party at the Camelon Labour Club last Friday.

James (81), who did national service in the Royal Corps of Signals, is a huge fan of the Ratpack and in particular the inimitable crooner Dean Martin, while Elizabeth (80), whose first job was at Paton and Baldwins wool mill in Alloa, enjoys a bit of a jive now and again!

The couple, who five children - Margaret (59), Dorothy (57), James (56), Alexander (52) and Donna (51) - eight grandchildren and 10 (soon to be 11 this month) great-grandchildren, met at the town’s Waugh’s wee hall above a chip shop in 1953, where original Teddy Boy James caught the eye of Elizabeth, nee Cunningham, with his blue suede shoes!

He had the Teddy Boy clothes and of course the trademark quiff - but it was his shoes that grabbed Elizabeth’s attention.

She laughed: “I can remember the night we met, well I can remember the shoes all right!

“Blue suede they were and he certainly stood out from the crowd.”

James and Elizabeth were soon married at the Old Parish Manse, with best man John Mackie and bridesmade Margaret Donaldson in attendance, and the happy couple have lived in Falkirk all their lives.

So what’s the secret to a happy marriage - and staying together for 60 years?

“I think it’s being able to laugh and give each other their own space, that helps,” said Elizabeth.

James added: “Knowing when to do what you’re told! But I’d agree with Elizabeth and say being there for each other has always been important.”

A host of friends a family threw a party for them to celebrate their anniversary and a great time was had by all!

James said: “The party was brilliant, we are still recovering from all the excitement and fun!

“Everyone had a fantastic time on Friday and the whole night was great from start to finish.

“Elizabeth and myself would like to thank everyone for all their efforts and good wishes at the party - it’s a night we will never forget.”