1954 was a very special year. Rationing came to an end after fourteen years and Sir Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile. - It was also the year when Nancy Miller met her husband-to-be, Ian Johnston.
The pair, who celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary yesterday (Thursday) first set eyes on each other at a dance in Armadale when Nancy was aged 18 and Ian 21.
At the time Nancy was a student at Edinburgh University studying modern languages, while Ian was at Heriot-Watt studying civil engineering.
They married in 1954, setting up home in a wee cottage between Linlithgow and Riccarton where they went on to have two daughters, Carol who was born in 1958 and Sally, born in 1961.
In 1962 the family moved to their present home in Manse Road, Linlithgow.
Nancy, who went into teaching after gaining her degree, eventually finished her career, retiring in 1992 as the depute headteacher at Linlithgow Primary School.
Ian, went to work for West Lothian District Council as a civil engineer andended his career on a high note when he retired as the sub regional engineer for Highways with the present West Lothian Council.
Nancy said their formula for a happy marriage was love first and foremost.
She added: “We have never let the sun go down on an argument and have always shared everything.
“We’ve led a very contented life, we’re not the kind of people who have chased after material things. If you talk to each other about your worries, generally you’ll always find a resolution.’’
Nancy said that they had been extremely lucky in life both having had very worthwhile and rewarding jobs, which they enjoyed very much.She said: “We never woke up thinking, ‘another day in the treadmill of life’.”