Local couple have platinum celebration

Davina and James Atkinson of Methil celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.
Davina and James Atkinson of Methil celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.

A couple are celebrating after reaching a milestone that many can only dream of - their 70th wedding anniversary.

James and Davina Atkinson marked the momentous occasion last month.

James, born on October 5, 1925 in New Silkworth near Durham, married Davina - born December 1, 1923 in Buckhaven - at St Andrews Church, Buckhaven in 
1944. And just a day after the ceremony, James was drafted to HMS Roberts, sailing to Glasgow then back to Plymouth.

Two years later, James left the Navy, but joined the reserves while working as a joiner back home.

Davina was also hard at work, working as a weaver in Gallatown and East Wemyss before being called up for service at Rosyth Dockyard.

In 1959, James joined the sea cadets, becoming the Skipper in 1962 of Methil Sea Cadets HMS Ajax. And in 1986, received an MBE for his services, before retiring in 1993.

The couple have two children, Janice and Jim.

James still remains the president of HMS Ajax, and as part of their celebrations, the couple received a bouquet of flowers from the cadets.

Kevin Watters, officer in charge PO (SCC), said: “The staff, cadets, unit management team and parents and supporters association, past and present, would like to say how proud we are to have joined former Commanding Officer and honorary President Lieutenant Commander James (Jimmy) Atkinson RNVR Rtd and his wife Davina to celebrate their platinum anniversary.

“They both have given so much to the Unit that today it still allows us to provide the young people of Levenmouth with invaluable life skills.”