Couple’s golden memory

Happy couple Billy and Margaret Walker
Happy couple Billy and Margaret Walker
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Fifty years ago Billy and Margaret Walker featured in the Leven Mail on their wedding day.

Back then the paper (which became the East Fife Mail in 1966) quite often carried pictures of local couple’s big days but Billy and Margaret’s was a bit different from the norm.

The Mail’s story explained how Billy, from Leven, and Margaret, of St Monans, got married in Billy’s parents’ sitting room on September 8, 1962, after he was struck down with a mystery illness.

It read: “Pretty little Margaret Rush should have been off to Edinburgh on her honeymoon on Saturday after her wedding to 22-year-old baker’s roundsman Billy Walker.

“But yesterday she was tending her sick husband in their new home at Leven Vale, Leven.

“Billy was struck down by a mysterious germ a week ago, and had to marry his 17-year-old bride in his parens’ home at Montgomery Drive, Leven.”

After reminiscing about their day ahead of their golden wedding anniversary, which was on Saturday, Billy, now 72, and Margaret (67), decided to come into the Mail’s office to update us on his condition.

Billy said: “We didn’t know what was wrong at the time but it turned out I had appendicitis in the left side.

“After the wedding we moved into Leven Vale then about a week later I went in for an operation.”

The, still, happy couple also told us they have seen a few changes of their own over the years an now stay in Crossgates, Dunfermline, after living in Edinburgh for most of their married life.

They have three daughters together as well as grandchildren and a great grandchild and plan to go on the honeymoon they never had later this year.