Diamond wedding joy in Bo’ness

240212 John and Maida Martin, Diamond wedding anniversary.
240212 John and Maida Martin, Diamond wedding anniversary.
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SUNDAY (February 26) was a diamond day for Bo’ness couple Maida and John Martin, who celebrated their 60 years of wedded bliss surrounded by family and friends.

Congratulatory cards filled the Martins’ Graham Crescent home, including an extra special delivery from Her Majesty the Queen, herself marking a diamond milestone in her reign this year.

Maida (nee Russell) and John tied the knot on February 26, 1952, at Bo’ness Old Kirk manse before the Reverend John Bayne.

New husband John was posted to Germany on national service with the army the following weekend but they wrote regularly to each other.

Maida worked for McFarlane and Bell’s electrical business, before Wallace the drapers and then as a part-time receptionist at the Bo’ness Journal, where she remained for 40 years before retiring in 1995.

Colleagues included John Loch, Ken Waddell, Catriona Watt, Wendy Scott, Margot Buchanan, the late John McLaren, Rosemary Aitken and Allan Scott.

In June 1996 she was thrilled to have the honour of crowning Bo’ness Fair Queen Lisa Jackson.

John (82) was a joiner in the building trade until downing his tools in 1994 and likes a wee spot of gardening.

Maida (79), who does aquafit in Linlithgow, was secretary of the Friends of Bo’ness Hospital for several years.

“We just like each other’s company,” said John.

“Up until now we have walked for miles,” said Maida. “We have always been a member of a crowd of friends and have danced a lot.”

“Thankfully we have had good health,” added John.