Couple’s 70 years together

Platinum wedding couple from Bo'ness, Annie and Jock
Platinum wedding couple from Bo'ness, Annie and Jock

A BO’NESS couple who met at the dancing over 70 years ago this week celebrated their platinum wedding 

Annie (nee Meikle) and John Henderson have been sharing the happy occasion with their extended family, which includes four children, seven grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren - plus one on the way!

Cupid’s arrow struck at the Gardeners’ Hall (above Brian’s Cafe).

“He was a good dancer, we went to the dancing a lot,” said Annie (90).

“She was the only one I wanted,” declared John (92), agreeing it had been a case of love at first sight.

The sweethearts tied the knot at Bo’ness Old Kirk in 1942. “It was Annie’s birthday one week and we got married the next week,” said John.

At the post-wedding party, held at Annie’s mum’s house, two pipers played.

John was in the navy for over five years, which saw him patrolling the Forth - and surviving when his boat was sunk - as well as being sent to the Mediterranean.

John later travelled widely in his work as a joiner, while Annie worked at the former hosiery on the site of what is now Lidl’s supermarket.

The Hendersons enjoyed sequence dancing for 30 years and spent dancing holidays abroad, as well as taking trips in the caravan which John built.

John used to be in the photography club and the couple go to Craigmailen Church.

Their four children are Ian (66) of Bo’ness, Jane (60), South Queensferry, Rachel Wotherspoon (53), Bo’ness and Eric (46), in Aberdeen.

On the key to seven decades of wedded bliss, John said: “It’s always 50-50.”

“We have always got on well together,” said Annie.