Bo’ness couple have diamond celebration

Richard and Mary Donaldson celebrating 60 years together
Richard and Mary Donaldson celebrating 60 years together

A Bo’ness couple celebrate their diamond wedding 
anniversary this weekend, marking 60 years together.

Richard (82) and Mary (81) Donaldson met at the dancing in Kinneil Miners Hall back in 1953.

Mary said: “It was different back then. Richard wasn’t allowed in my house until 18 months after we had been going out.”

Richard, who was in the Royal Marines in the early 50s’, explained how, no matter the weather, he would walk Mary home. He said: “Rain or snow I would always walk her down Beancross Road in Grangemouth, even though I wasn’t allowed in the house.”

They were married on October 15, 1955, in Kerse Church and soon after the pair started their family and had four children; Sandra (58), John (55), Linda (53) and Marylyn (43). The relatives all stay close to Bo’ness, mainly to line-up at the door on a Monday to receive some of Richard’s famous home-made soup.

The couple will celebrate their milestone event with a party in Bridgeness Bowling Club with donations being made to Macmillan nurses as they helped provide Richard with excellent care when he had a tumour in his throat.

He said: “Thanks to them I am still going strong.”

The couple agree they have had a great life together and still love each other’s company.