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220413 Mary and jock mcfarlane, diamond wedding anniversary.

220413 Mary and jock mcfarlane, diamond wedding anniversary.

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diamond wedding bells rang out for Mary and Jock McFarlane of Bo’ness on Wednesday, as the couple marked 60 years of marriage.

Mary (nee Bell) and Jock (80) were wed at the town’s St Andrew’s Church, after having met at the former Links Sawmills where they both worked.

During their courtship they enjoyed going to the dancing at Kinneil and Bridgeness and to the pictures.

After they had tied the knot, the McFarlanes went on to have three sons and three daughters, with Mary becoming full-time mother to Jim (who now stays in Grangemouth), Margo (now Johnstone, of Bo’ness), Helen (Bo’ness), Ian (Bo’ness), Stuart (Linlithgow) and Lorna (Hamilton, of Bo’ness).

Mary said: “I always wanted a family, coming from a big family with plenty of brothers and sisters. It was hard work but worth it.”

Jock continued working at the sawmill, then was latterly at Grangemouth docks.

He played bowls at Bridgeness and used to enjoy walking, while Mary was in the women’s guild at St Andrew’s Church.

A close family, the McFarlanes of Marchlands Avenue see their children every week.

The couple have 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, the youngest of whom is 18 months.

A special celebration has been planned at The Oxgangs Hotel, Grangemouth, to mark the milestone wedding anniversary.

On the secret of six decades of happy marriage, Jock said: “No secrets,” with Mary adding: “As long as you are fair with each other and don’t hide anything.”