Colleagues for 60 years!

Gerald and Dorothy Dowdall on their wedding day, September 5 1953
Gerald and Dorothy Dowdall on their wedding day, September 5 1953

A Kirkcaldy couple celebrated a special landmark as they held a party to mark the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary.

Gerald and Dorothy Dowdall held a family gathering to commemorate their Diamond anniversary, over 60 years after they first met as work colleagues.

Gerald and Dorothy Dowdall with their family celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary

Gerald and Dorothy Dowdall with their family celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary

They met in December 1951 when working in the audit department of Essex County Council in Chelmsford. They were married two years later at Chelmsford Cathedral on September 5, 1953.

Gerald’s job brought them to Kirkcaldy in 1966 where he worked in the treasury department and the couple have remained in the town ever since.

Both were very active in Kirkcaldy over the years.

Son Michael said: “My mum was a member of the Ladies Circle and participated in local bridge clubs.

“Both mum and dad were keen golfers. Mum played at different venues while dad played at Lundin Links though both have had to stop playing in the last few years.

“They have kept themselves active though; they have both enjoyed their respective Probus Club meetings and have been members of St Peter’s Episcopal Church for many years.”

The anniversary was a milestone in what has been a big year for Dorothy who turned 80 on June 25.

As well as Michael, who also lives in Kirkcaldy, the couple have another two sons; Nigel and Andrew, as well as four grandchildren.

Members of their family travelled from all over the UK to Kirkcaldy where Michael said they had “a great party”!