Devoted Bo’ness couple who have been wed for 78 years

Robert and Susan Erskine, Scotlands longest married couple.
Robert and Susan Erskine, Scotlands longest married couple.
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Scotland’s oldest married couple have celebrated their 78th wedding anniversary.

Robert and Susan Erskine, from Bo’ness, were married on January 1, 1937, exchanging their vows on the first day of the year because it was the only one their families could get off work.

The ceremony was followed by a quiet lunch, with soft drinks, a few songs and Mrs Erskine on the piano.

Now Mr Erskine (103), and Mrs Erskine (102), have celebrated 78 years of marriage with a family get-together.

The couple first met in 1932 at a dance in Carriden Parish Church. It was love at first sight.

“He wasn’t as good a dancer as me,” said Mrs Erskine. “But he was what I wanted.”

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