TODAY is a golden day for Ballingry couple Jim and Christine Christie as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

They met in 1968 at the Raith Ballroom in Kirkcaldy and courted before marrying at Ballingry Parish Church on July 17, 1971.

Jim and Christine moved into their first house together in Ballingry Crescent and in 1974 had their daughter Karen and in 1977 their son Mark.

Originally from the Gallatown area of Kirkcaldy, Jim completed his apprenticeship and worked as a painter and decorator for firms such as Nicholsons, AT Rolland and Rosyth Royal Dockyard.

He then changed professions and worked at the Tullis Russell paper mill in Markinch.

Jim retired from there in 2012.

Christine was born and brought up in Lochore and became a hairdresser and worked locally for Neavy's.

She then had various jobs over the years, at Capaldi's Restaurant in Lochgelly, Baynes the Bakers and Fife Council, while the kids were growing up.

The couple enjoy holidaying abroad and keeping up with family and friends both locally and further afield.

Jim is a keen amateur artist and enjoys painting as well as an interest in local history.

They'll celebrate their golden wedding anniversary today and the whole family would like to congratulate them and send love and best wishes on their special day.