What’s the secret to a successful marriage? Well for Andrew and Betty Fyall, who this month celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, it’s a combination of love, understanding and teamwork.
Even today, after six decades together, they both know what their roles are for a successful partnership: “He does the heavy lifting and I do the cooking,” said Betty, who lives in Leith.
“And I wouldn’t have it any other way. I tasted his cooking more than 60 years ago and that was enough.”
But it was roles of a different sort, and a shared interest that brought the young couple together.
In 1950s Kirkcaldy, Andrew Fyall and Betty Carr enjoyed going to the local ice rink. At a production of Babes in the Wood - on ice - Andrew was skating on the same bill as Betty’s little sister. The connection saw Andy, now 85, and Betty, now 81, catch each other’s eye and it was the start of a 60-year romance which is still going strong today.
They both possessed a flair for the written word and after leaving school each embarked on careers in journalism and both landed positions as journalists at the Fifeshire Advertiser.
Betty even made history by becoming the first female journalist in Britain to pass the Pitman shorthand exams.
The two were married on November 2, 1957 in Kirkcaldy. By then, Andrew had become a reporter on the London Daily Express, a paper he was to stay with for the next 20 years. The young couple settled in London and Betty soon became pregnant with their first child.
Andrew was propelled to the post of foreign vorrespondent. The family relocated to New York and while Andrew covered events ranging from The Beatles’ first shows in America to civil wars in Africa, Betty took the lead role of raising their two young daughters.
The couple still look back fondly on the exciting years they spent living in New York and travelling across America during the 1960s.
After several years in America Andrew and Betty moved back to London where their family grew. Their next move brought them back to Scotland and to the Capital, where Andrew spent 13 years working for Edinburgh City Council.
Andrew’s journalism career wasn’t over, however, and he completed his career as bureau chief for STV News.
These days Andy and Betty live in Leith. Their daughters Debbie and Jennifer live in America and Italy and their son John in Aberdeenshire - and major part of their lives are grandchildren Elizabeth, Alexander, Thomas and Isabel.