Army life led to a 60-year marriage

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A CITY couple who met and married after working at an Edinburgh base during their time in the military have celebrated their diamond anniversary.

Peter and Muriel Williams’ 
family marked the special occasion with a surprise party for them on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith.

The pair put 60 years of happy marriage down to a chance meeting while working in the army in the 1950s.

Mr Williams was called up for national service in his late teens, being based at Leith Fort and Hawkhill Office. His wife-to-be enlisted in the Women’s Royal Army Corps to see the world – but she was also posted to Leith Fort, as well as Dreghorn Camp.

Their paths crossed and a relationship blossomed, and as a result they were married at Broughton Place Church on November 12, 1955.

The Chesser couple are well known, and Mrs Williams is the chairwoman of HcL, formerly known as Handicabs (Lothian).

The charity organisation helps to provide accessible transport at a reasonable cost for people who live in the community but struggle to use public transport.

Mr and Mrs Williams said they greatly enjoyed their celebrations with family and friends – including daughter Fiona, son Graham and grandson Callum – after the Britannia party took them by surprise.

They described the celebration as a “day to remember”, complete with a congratulations card from the Queen and “wonderful memories” with relatives and colleagues over dinner and drinks.