FORMER Burntisland couple Jim and Ann Easton have celebrated their Diamond Wedding with a big family celebration.
Married in Elgin on the day before the Queens’ Coronation in 1953, they spent almost all their married life in the Fife town and only moved back to Moray two years ago to be nearer their family.
Jim met Ann while on holiday in the nearby fishing village of Hopeman, where Ann was brought up.
Following their marriage, they set-up home in Burntisland’s Somerville Street, and Jim worked as a postal officer, later working throughout Fife in a variety of roles within the Post Office.
They later moved to Nicol Street, and after their two sons, Murray and Mark, went to school, Ann returned to work, finding a rewarding role as a teaching auxiliary at Pathhead Primary in Kirkcaldy; a role which she “thoroughly enjoyed” and to which she was ideally suited.
Mr Easton latterly became the postmaster at the Burntisland office and was awarded the Imperial Service medal for 45 years excellent service, where he became well known within the local community.
He was named Citizen of the Year in 1989 for his outstanding service to the community, an honour he still regards with some fondness.
Two years ago they returned to Hopeman to the house in which Ann grew up, and as they both still enjoy relatively good health at the age of 85, Ann is able to continue with her hobbies of baking and gardening.
Both have a strong Christian faith and are actively involved in their local church.
They were joined at their Diamond Anniversary celebrations by their two sons and three grandchildren as well as many friends and extended family members.
Among the anniversary cards decorating their home is one from Her Majesty the Queen, congratulating them on six decades of marriage.
The key to the success of their marriage, according to Mr Easton is “lots of TLC.”