THIS Valentine’s Day is a very special occasion for one Kirkcaldy couple - as it’s their diamond wedding anniversary.
Andrew Sanaghan’s “film star” appearance first attracted his future wife’s attention at a dance in the town hall in Jedburgh, and Louisa has been his leading lady ever since.
The couple, who were married in St Ninian’s Church in Cardenden on February 14, 1953, have packed enough into their lives together to make their own blockbuster movie.
Eldest daughter Rosheen said: “They first met in Jedburgh - mum was born in Ireland and moved there when she was seven, and dad, who was a painter and decorator, was sent there to do a job.
“Mum saw dad at a town hall dance and liked the way he held his cigarette - like a movie star!”
Andrew and Louisa, both aged 84, lived in Kirkcaldy throughout their married life, latterly in David Street, before moving to Jenny Gray Home in August last year.
After being employed as a painter and decorator for a number of years, Andrew set up his own business in the late 1960s. His company secured big contracts around Scotland, working for major house builders, and had a staff of around 100 at its height.
A keen Celtic supporter, he was in Lisbon in 1967 to see his team become the first British club to win the European Cup, but his loyalty to one half of the Old Firm didn’t stop him decorating the home of the former Rangers captain John Greig.
He was a regular at the Penny Farthing pub in Kirkcaldy, and shared an interest in golf with Louise, who had numerous other hobbies including archery and flower arranging.
Louisa brought up the couple’s three children - Rosheen, Andrew and Marina - and they now have six grandchildren and six great grandchildren, who joined them at their family celebration on Saturday.
Rosheen said: “She’s been a great mum and a fantastic gran - and we still copy the way she did Christmas.”
She added: “The celebration on Saturday was super and it was great to see mum and dad looking so happy. And we can’t thank the staff at Jenny Gray enough as they went out of their way to make it a special day for us.”
The family was delighted the diamond celebrations were able to go ahead as planned after Andrew suffered a recent horrific experience at Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital.
As previously reported in the Press, the family lodged a complaint detailing a catalogue of failures including a delay in his admission, being left with no identification so nursing staff didn’t know who he was, being assaulted by another patient and then all his possessions going missing.
Rosheen said: “Thankfully, once we got him back to Jenny Gray beside mum, he’s made a good recovery. The care they both receive at the home is second to none, we’re so lucky they are being looked after in such a wonderful place. It’s brilliant, and we’re all so grateful.”