Love of dancing leads to 60 years of marriage for Kirkcaldy couple

A Kirkcaldy couple who met at a former town dance hall have been celebrating 60 years of marriage.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 12:27 pm

Rena and Peter Cargill toasted their diamond wedding anniversary on March 25.

The couple, who are both originally from the town and have always lived in Kirkcaldy, met at the Burma Ballroom in 1958 and were courting for three years before marrying at Templehall Church in 1961.

Peter, 85, and Rena, 80, both worked at Allen Lithographic Company in Kirkcaldy in different departments – Rena stopped working there once she got married while Peter was employed at the company for 40 years. He was a compositer to start with, before taking on other roles including keyboard operator and working in the photo-setting department. He retired from there in 1996. For a few years after he did proof-reading for Dundee University.

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Peter and Rena Cargill have been celebrating 60 years of marriage. They received lots of nice cards including a special one from Her Majesty The Queen.

While Rena worked at Forth Park Hospital as a nursing auxiliary after she had her family and she was based for 27 years. She ended up working in the special care nursery unit, looking after babies in the Intensive Care Unit until she retired in 1999.

The couple lived in Dysart after they were married before moving to Chapelhill, Kirkcaldy where they have lived for the past 50 years.

Peter and Rena have three children – Kevin, Laura and Glenda, who now lives in Switzerland with her own family, five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

The couple, who received an anniversary card from the Queen and have enjoyed dancing together over the years, had an afternoon tea delivered and a special cake to celebrate. They are looking forward to toasting the occasion with family when restrictions ease.

Peter and Rena Cargill on their wedding day on March 25, 1961.

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Peter and Rena celebrated their diamond wedding with an afternoon tea.
Peter and Rena had a special cake to celebrate their diamond wedding.