Sparkling celebration for Jack and Betty Lynch

Jack and Betty together in their home celebrating their Blue Sapphire anniversary  with their letter from the Queen for reaching  65 years married
Jack and Betty together in their home celebrating their Blue Sapphire anniversary with their letter from the Queen for reaching 65 years married

A Linlithgow couple are celebrating 65 years of marriage this week and the pair have spent their days enjoying the social side of life.

Jack (88) and Betty (89) Lynch met in the late-1940s at the dancing in Linlithgow.

Jack, originally from Bo’ness, was an apprentice joiner and spent two years stationed in Egypt when he was called up by the RAF.

Betty, who is Linlithgow born and bred, was in the army before working as a school cleaner from 1956 until she retired at 65-years-old.

The couple were married in St Ninian’s Church on March 31, 1951. They have one son, Ian, who is married to Heather, and have two grandchildren, Kathryn and Douglas.

Betty said: “When Ian was growing up all the children would come round and play in our garden after school. We loved having them all play here.”

The couple became members of the Linlithgow Car Club and the Hillwalking Club.

Jack said: “We joined in all the activities however now that we are a little bit older we just enjoy the social side.”

During their time walking up various mountain ranges the couple were once snowed in at Glencoe.

Betty said: “It was great as we had the family with us and had a brilliant time.”

The couple agree they have thoroughly enjoyed their life so far and are planning to continue to do so.

Betty said: “Compromise is important for a long marriage. You have to give and take.”

The couple plan to have a big family dinner next year celebrating turning 90 and their anniversary.