Diamond couple celebrate marriage

23/07/13. John Devlin.  BONESS,  Diamond Wedding, Alex and Martha Craig celebrate their Diamond Wedding (LM)
23/07/13. John Devlin. BONESS, Diamond Wedding, Alex and Martha Craig celebrate their Diamond Wedding (LM)

A Bo’ness couple have that diamond smile on their faces after 60 years of marriage.

Martha and Alex (Sandy) Craig, of Mingle Place, were married on July 25, 1953 by the Reverend Dyer at Carriden Church and celebrated their special anniversary yesterday (Thursday).

Martha (78) was born in the Grangepans area of town while Sandy was born in Fife but his family moved to the town at a young age.

While their paths never met during school years, they soon got together on the dance floor at the Kinneil Institute where they danced away the hours to the Mary Cowie Band.

Martha said: “I loved to dance but Sandy was never that good as he had two left feet!”

Sandy worked locally as a miner at the Kinneil Colliery for 23 years. After deciding he had had enough of working underground, he took on a number of other jobs up until his retirement.

Martha, meanwhile, left school and worked at Seddon’s shirt factory before having son, Ian, now 54.

She continued to work at Seddon’s before taking up roles at VAT 69 in Queensferry and latterly Jaeger, in Alloa.

The three businesses are now no longer in operation.

While dancing continued to be Martha’s and Sandy’s favourite pastime, he also enjoyed his football and bowling.

He played for amateur side Carriden Hearts and was the club champion at Kinneil Bowling Club during the 1950s.

On reaching the milestone 60 years of marriage, the Journal and Gazette asked the couple the recipe for the such and a longasting relationship.

Martha said: ‘‘We have had our ups and downs in life over the years. And there is nothing wrong with having a row every day.

“We are still as happy today as we were the day we got married.

The couple’s proud grandchildren, Ian and Catriona, also joined in the celebrations this week.