Loyal couples mark marriage milestones

Leslie and Audrey Wilson; below, Tom and Lilly Henderson. Picture: Alan Murray
Leslie and Audrey Wilson; below, Tom and Lilly Henderson. Picture: Alan Murray
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A Kirkliston couple are celebrating 60 years of marriage.

Leslie and Audrey Wilson celebrated their diamond wedding with a card from the Queen.

Leslie, 84, and Audrey, 83, met at a blind date after Leslie’s sister and brother-in-law introduced them.

They had a long-distance relationship, with Leslie riding from Kinross to Northumberland every two or three months on his motorcycle to meet up with Audrey.

They married in 1955 at the Methodist Church in Blyth.

The couple went on to have four children – Ruth, Mary, David and Grace, who now lives in Canada. They also have eight grandchildren and six great-grandaughters.

Leslie, a farmer all his life until retiring from Millrig farm in Kirkliston, now stays active enjoying his hobbies of photography, gardening and woodworking.

The couple say the secret behind such a happy marriage is their love for each other, their family and their Christian faith.

A former Scottish Junior Cup winner with Linlithgow Rose and his wife have celebrated their golden anniversary.

Tom and Lilly Henderson, who now live in Polmont near Falkirk, celebrated their golden wedding on the same day as his 70th birthday – and said maintaining each other’s independence has helped them reach the milestone year.

The couple married on Tom’s 20th birthday when Lilly was 18 in Slamannan Parish Church where Lilly (nee Johnstone) grew up.

They met at a dance night in Slamannan when live bands used to play in the village.

Tom, originally from Shieldhill, Falkirk, said: “I thought she was the belle of the ball when I first saw her, she was beautiful. Still is, I must add.”

Winger Tom was with Falkirk FC at the time. He played in the first team during the 1962-63 and 1963-64 seasons.

He left the club shortly after they married and played for Linlithgow Rose and was part of the side which won the Scottish Junior Cup in 1965.

Leaving competitive football behind, Tom went to work for Borg Chemicals in Grangemouth before heading to the oil rigs offshore. He was on the Piper Alpha platform the day before the tragedy on July 6, 1988 killed 167 colleagues, many of whom Tom had known.

Lilly was an auxiliary nurse based in Linlithgow for nine years before working at Torwood Hall care home in Larbert, near Falkirk.

They have a daughter and a son – Sharon, 49, and Alan, 44.

Tom said: “I think the secret to our long and happy marriage is that we’ve had our own independence.

“While we love doing things with each other, we still make a lot of time to do things on our own with the great friends we each have.”