A COUPLE from Cowdenbeath were celebrating yesterday as they marked their 65th wedding anniversary.

Ellen and George Turnbull tied the knot on October 29, 1955 and have remained together ever since.

Ellen is originally from Dundee and George was born and brought up locally in Lochore and while they would have celebrated the milestone in style, the current pandemic has meant it will be more a muted affair.

The happy couple have two sons, George and John; daughter, Tricia; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Granddaughter Halle told the Times: “They are both life-long hard workers. George was a miner in the Mary and Nellie Collieries and then later at the Westfield Opencase site. On leaving the industry he became a lorry driver for McCullochs.

“Ellen was a weaver in Dundee and then worked in the Babygro factory before ending her working days in Safeway in Glenrothes.

“Nowadays, they can be found in their garden and taking on DIY projects that those even half their age would shy away from.

“They are both very active and enjoy - in normal times - socialising with family and friends. My gran is a keen gardener, and her garden is unrivalled on their street.

“She has been known to post her home grown pea pods to her great grandchildren in Devon if they can't visit at harvest time.

“My grandad can turn his hand to anything DIY and to this day at 84 still rushes off to fix anything I've broken in my car.

“This trait can very much be seen in both George and John who have built their own homes, yurts and cars.

“They also love going for a walk and a picnic together in the Lochore Meadows or along the beach at Burntisland, where all the grandchildren have lovely memories of being taken to the shows when we were young.”

Halle continued: “Ellen and George had been very much looking forward to celebrating this milestone with family and friends, and are known for their fabulous parties, but alas it was not to be this year.

“However, all of the family send their love and want them to know that they wish that they could be together today, and they are all looking forward to a big knees up in the (hopefully) not too distant future.”