Work leads to romance

David and Lena Gray
David and Lena Gray

After meeting though work when they were just 18 and 20, Lena and David Gray have gone on to have 60 happy years of marriage.

The Grangemouth couple celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary today after marrying at St Andrew’s Church in Bo’ness on August 16, 1952.

They met when Lena (80) worked in a grocers shop in Bo’ness and mechanic David worked in a nearby garage that supplied cars and drivers to the shop for them to make their deliveries. David picked up Lena one day and the rest was history.

David (81) remembers: “It was just before Christmas so that was another Christmas present I had to buy that year!”

They moved to Grangemouth in 1965 when David got a job with Alexander’s before going back to his trade. He ended his working life as foreman at Morrisons garage in Camelon after 24 years with the firm. Lena worked in a Grangemouth grocers and moved on to Rackes clothing in the quality control department where she worked for 19 years.

The biggest love in the Grays life is their family, with the couple spending a lot of time with daughter June and her husband Alex Smith as well as grandchildren Simon (36), Douglas (33) and Emma (31) and great grandchildren Maxwell (4), Natalie (4), Anna (2), Alexander (2) and Luke (18 months).

The secret to a happy marriage is putting family first according to Lena while David thinks it’s about not letting arguments run on.

“You shouldn’t let the sun set on an argument. Make up before you go to bed and then nothing seems as bad in the morning.”

pictures: john devlin (122778a/b)