KIRKCALDY couple Jean and Alex Bell first met at the dancing when they were just 15-years-old – and they’ve been keeping in step ever since.
The pair, who have just celebrated their Platinum Wedding for 70 years of marriage, were both keen dancers and enjoyed themselves at Currie’s Dancehall in the town centre where the dancers were known as Currie’s Jumpers.
Love blossomed and Jean and Alex (both 88), were married on February 6, 1942 at Raith Manse in Milton Road by the minister the Rev. William Conway.
Alex then had to leave to complete his time in the Army. On his return after the war he resumed his career as a plumber and heating engineer, a job which he did until his retirement.
Jean was a shorthand typist befor her marriage but gave it up to raise the couple’s four children – Grace, David, Margaret and James.
The family tree has grown lots over the years, with the addition of nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. The family is now scattered around the globe, with members in Canada, England and Wales as well as Scotland.
Alex was a keen bowler and won a number of competitions, as well as enjoying gardening which kept the family supplied with fresh vegetables, while Jean’s favourite hobby was shopping and she liked nothing better than to walk around the shops looking for bargains.
Jean and Alex have lived all their married life in Kirkcaldy, their last address being Percival Street. However, due to ill health, they are both now residents at Marchmont Care Home in Bennochy Road where they celebrated their special day with a high tea for family and friends.
Their recipe for 70 years of marriage is being able to work together and support each other.