Couple got pally at Palais

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A globe-trotting couple who spent many years in Bo’ness have just celebrated their diamond wedding in Spain.

Robert, born on New Year’s Day 1933, and Mary Fiddes, born on March 12, 1933, met in the Palais dance hall in Grangemouth when they were just 17 years old.

They announced their engagement on August 24, 1952 and were married in Bo’ness Old Kirk less than a year later on August 14, 1954, while Robert (81) was doing his National Service.

After he came out of the Royal Navy, they lived in Grangemouth where four of their children – Ian, Wilma, Graham and Gardner – were born.

In 1965 they moved to Hamilton Lane, Bo’ness, where their fifth child, Rhona, was born.

They moved to Mingle Place, Bo’ness, around 1970, where they stayed until they moved into a brand new house in Blair Avenue.

Robert worked in the Falkland Islands for a few years after the Falklands War of 1982 as a construction 
manager on the building of the MPA airport and then on the building of King Edward Memorial Hospital in Stanley.

The whole family relocated to the Falklands in 1987 to run the Upland Goose Hotel.

In 2005 Robert and Mary bought a home in Spain where they now live, enjoying their retirement.

Their son Graham worked for several years in Burns the Fishmonger in Main Street, Bo’ness, and Gardner, their youngest son, also worked for a time in Burns the Butchers in Market Street.