Diamond duo reveal the secrets of marriage

Diamond Wedding couple Andrew and Jane Davies, Clarkston
Diamond Wedding couple Andrew and Jane Davies, Clarkston

A Clarkston couple who are celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss say that doing everything together has been their success.

Although one half of the partnership, Jane Davie (80) said that losing her husband Andrew (81)every Saturday to football had also helped!

The diamond couple met in 1948 while attending Strathbungo Senior Secondary School and married eight years later on March 7, 1956, aged 20 and 21.

The couple tied the knot at Cathcart Congregational Church and 15 months later after Andrew had graduated as a civil engineer they moved to Canada where he had been offered a job.

They remained there for five years, and during that time had two children, Andrew and Jane.

After moving back to the UK in 1962 the couple had another daughter, Sharon. They now have a total of seven grandchildren and four great -grandchildren, who they say helps keep them grounded and young at heart.

Jane then gave up her career as an insurance administrator to look after the familt while Andrew moved into local government as a civil engineer.

He retired in 1990 after having succesfully coordinated the European City of Culture programme for what was, at that time, Strathclyde Regional Council.

The couple told The Extra that at the time of their marriage the honeymoon was in Aberdeen as that was all that they could afford, and even that was a stretch.

Both agreed that as committed Christians, church has been a very important part of their lives, even today, as was their family, whom they are very close to.

Jane said they rarely argued, and when the going got tough, they simply pulled together and got on with it, unlike a lot of youngsters today who seem to have much less commitment ands give up at the first hurdle.