Dec 27 2012 by Michael Pringle, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
An Airdrie couple, who have a double celebration every Yuletide, have an extra-special reason to celebrate this Christmas.
Donald and Betty MacKay celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Friday, December 21.
The couple, who are 72 and 70 years old respectively and live in Ballochney Street, met in 1959 while they were both holidaying in the north-east of England.
Donald lived in Glasgow at the time, while Betty was an Airdrie girl.
The lovebirds were married three years later at Blairhill Parish Church and are now celebrating their half-century of marriage.
Donald, who was brought up in the Townhead area of Glasgow, said: “It was the Glasgow Fair and we were both spending our holiday in Whitley Bay when we met each other.”
Betty added: “We went out together for around three years and then got married.
“The first place we stayed was John Knox Street in Glasgow, before we moved out to Cumbernauld for a few years as it had a bus service that ran to Airdrie.”
Donald and Betty later moved to her hometown, making their home in Petersburn, before settling at their current address in Burnfoot.
The golden couple have two children, daughter Lorrena, and son Ricky who is married to Audrey, and two grandchildren, Craig and Kirsty.