Mr and Mrs Bo'ness mark 72 amazing years

CENTRAL Scotland's longest married couple, Bob and Susan Erskine of Bo'ness, celebrated an incredible 72 years of marriage on New Year's Day.

Enjoying the special anniversary with family, Susan (96) said: ''We've had lots of happy days!''

Former joiner Bob, who likes gardening, turns 98 at the end of January, and keen singer and pianist Susan was involved with choirs until a couple of years ago.

She said: ''We're lucky to get to this age.

''My mum advised me, always be active and never be lazy and I've carried it out.''

Susan, originally from Carriden and Bob, originally of Lanarkshire, met at a Carriden Church dance and courted for five years before their New Year's Day wedding. They now live in Henry Street.

Bob said: ''It was meant to be on Hogmanay but some people were working so we changed it to the first so everyone could come.''

Bob was called up to Iraq as a Royal Signals dispatch rider in World War II, when the couple already had two children, William and Margaret.

Susan said: ''It was a relief all right when he came back.

''I brought up the two children myself, with the planes coming in over Grangemouth."

Younger son Bobby completed the brood, and now the Erskine's have six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Of the secret to their long and happy marriage, Susan said: ''Just pulling together, we've always got on well with the family.''