Diamond couple sparkle on big day

290613   David and Ann Walker, diamond wedding anniversary, linlithgow.
290613 David and Ann Walker, diamond wedding anniversary, linlithgow.
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It was a diamond do for a Linlithgow couple last weekend as they celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss.

David and Ann Walker of Kettilstoun Road reached the landmark anniversary on Thursday, June 27, and celebrated with friends and family at Linlithgow Bowling Club on Saturday after spending their whole married life in the royal burgh.

Ann (84) grew up in Whitecross and David (84) was Linlithgow born and bred but their paths crossed at the 
local Lochmill Paper Mill where they both worked.

Love blossomed and it wasn’t long before wedding bells were ringing on June 27, 1953.

The couple set up home in one of the cottages at the 
paper mill site and started their family - Andrew, 
Trudie, John and Marie.

The Walker family then relocated to Listloaning Road before moving to Kettilstoun, where they’ve stayed for the past 40 years. David moved on from the paper mill to work at a rubber factory in Grangemouth before retiring.

Daughter Marie McDonald said: “Sixty years is a big acheivement, and at the afternoon tea that we had for them, they were praised for being great parents and for being together for such a long time.

“When I asked my dad what the secret to such a long and happy marriage was, he said you need to always say yes even when you mean no! Mum said what was keeping her going was getting her card from the Queen! That’s been her motivation all these years.”

David and Ann have 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and they were joined by cousins and nieces and nephews for the special celebration.