A COUPLE from Clackmannan marked their 60th wedding anniversary at the weekend.

Andrew and Marion Smith marked their diamond wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 12, having tied the knot all those years ago.

Originally from Alloa, Andrew was 17 when he married 18-year-old Marion, nee McCallum from Tullibody, at St Bernadette's Church.

However, the church itself was not actually built at that time yet and the couple said their vows at the priest's house on the same street where an altar was set up in the living room.

Daughter Angela Smith said: “They are inspirational, they've been together all that time, from such a young age – they just work, compliment each other really well.

“They've been amazing parents, there for us all our lives.”

She added her parents were “nice, genuine people who would do anything for anybody”.

The couple met at Manhattan Club in Alloa, which was run by Lady Mar at the time, Andrew recalled.

They were 14 at the time and they have been in love ever since.

Andrew, who served with the RAF and later became a physical training instructor in the prison service, mused: “Well, you've got to put on a show if you want your pocket money in time!”

Marion, who raised three boys and a girl working part-time in retail, recalled a holiday to Florida as one of the couple's best memories together.

As for the secret to a long-lasting marriage, she said: “It's just taking care of each other, being there for each other, supporting each other and just loving each other.

“We must be doing something right because we are still together 60 years later.”