IT’S been 50 years in the making but one Linlithgow couple have discovered the recipe for a very happy marriage.
Hector and Sheena Woodhouse celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary tomorrow (Saturday) as they remember another Saturday in 1962 when they tied the knot at St Andrew’s Parish Church in Bo’ness.
This was Sheena’s home town and where she was travelling back to on the bus when she met Hector, who was travelling home to Threemiletown after working on the Forth Road Bridge.
And as Hector says: “I saw her and that was it!”
At the time Sheena was 19 and working as a secretary at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry while Hector (20) was an engineer on the new bridge.
Hector said: “If you had computers at that time it would have been better.
‘‘When Sheena wrote a letter and her boss wanted something changed, you couldn’t copy and paste, you had to start all over again!”
Around two years later, Hector and Sheena were married on October 6 and moved to Linlithgow, soon settling at Clarendon Crescent.
They have three children, Peter, Iain and Anne, and now have six grandchildren, who celebrated with the couple at Crieff Hydro on Tuesday.
Over the years Sheena worked at Linlithgow Bookshop while Hector worked in various construction projects as an engineer including St John’s Hospital.
He is probably most famous for being the Provost of the Deacon’s Court from 1994-1996 and the Marches remains close to his heart.
When asked the secret to their marriage success, Hector (72) said: “Love, respect, sharing and honouring one’s vows. And, of course, doing what you are told!”