So Mutch to celebrate

David and Janet Mutch
David and Janet Mutch
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“We’ve done well, eh?”

That comment pretty much summed up the feeling for one proud husband in East Wemyss as he and his wife of 70 years celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary yesterday (Tuesday).

David and Janet Mutch met in 1938 through the Michael Pipe Band, in which both David (91) and Janet’s brother played.

But it was a shared love of dancing which saw the teenage lovebirds foxtrot and tango their way through a two-year long courtship played out in the local dance halls and tea rooms.

They were married on November 1, 1941 in Church Street, Buckhaven but, because of the war, David, a joiner by trade, had to serve with the Royal Air Force while Janet (93) stayed with her mother in East Wemyss.

After the war, the couple settled down in the village and David was employed as a foreman at the Kirkcaldy building and civil engineering firm Menzies.

Janet, meanwhile, was particularly well known locally through her work at a local florist in Glebe Street.

The couple had two sons and one daughter, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

However, their sons travelled from Ayrshire and Staffordshire to stay with them this week and celebrate their remarkable achievement.

After all, how many married couples can say they have seen 13 Prime Ministers come and go?

Given the length of many modern-day marriages, people younger than Mr and Mrs Mutch might wonder how a couple can happily stay together for so long.

According to Mr Mutch, the secret is to “be there for one another” and to stay strong for the family.