Cardenden couple David and Anne Taylor have been celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary.

David and Anne (nee Smith), of the town's Kingseat Road, celebrated their 60th anniversary on November 16, and were congratulated by Councillor Linda Erskine, who presented the couple with flowers on behalf of Fife Council, and Deputy Lieutenant Jim Kinloch.

Both originally from Kirkcaldy, the couple met at the Burma Dance Hall when Anne was 16 years old. After a three-year courtship, they were married by Rev. McPhee on November 16, 1963 at Dunnikier Church in Kirkcaldy.  

They have twin sons, Stephen and David, a daughter, Elaine, and five grandchildren. 

David served his apprenticeship as an electrician with Oliver Melville in Kirkcaldy, but eventually became a draughtsman which necessitated a move to Hamilton where they lived for two years. 

They then moved back to Fife and both were employed at Elliot's in Cowdenbeath and allocated a council house in Cardenden.

David's ambition to self-build his own house became reality when they were able to purchase a site in Woodend and they have remained in this area since 1968. 

Around this time, David was transferred to Marconi's at Hillend and he worked there as a senior electronics engineer and completed 33 years of service until he was offered early retirement in 1997.

Over the years, David has been involved with several local community groups and has been a member of the Community Council since its conception in 1978.

Anne left school aged 15 and her first post as a shorthand typist was with Barry, Ostlere and Shepherd (linoleum manufacturer). 

Prior to her marriage she was employed as a secretary with Barnet & Morton at Hayfield in Kirkcaldy.  

There was a short break in her career to raise a family but when her children were of school age she gained employment locally in Cardenden, initially working part-time at Bowhill Youth Centre.  This was followed by a full-time post as an Administrative Assistant at Auchterderran Junior High School and, when that school closed, she transferred to Lochgelly High School. 

Latterly, she was employed by Victim Support as an Assistant Co-ordinator with the Witness Service based at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Since retiring, they have enjoyed travelling frequently, especially cruising, and have visited many parts of the world.  

They celebrated their anniversary at home with their family.