Diamond day for Dalkeith couple

May and Joe Bourhill's 60th wedding anniversary at Archview Lodge Care Home, Dalkeith
May and Joe Bourhill's 60th wedding anniversary at Archview Lodge Care Home, Dalkeith

If diamonds are forever, then so is the love shared between Henry and May Bourhill, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 30.

The soulmates first met at a dance at the Bonnyrigg ‘pally’ dance hall 63 years ago.

Now settled at Archview Lodge Care Home in Dalkeith, the Bourhills spent most of their married life in Bilston.

Their first meeting came about as Henry played the drums in a band that were on the bill on the night.

The irresistible romantic walked May back to her home in Bilston, and yet somehow managed to lose his bearings when en route to his own home in Loanhead.

Known for his sense of humour, Henry (84) has, over the years, been known to some as Jo or Harry. He founded a boys football and youth club in Bilston in the early 1960s and is a former member of the Territorial Army.

He married May (81) at Bilston Church on May 30, 1953. Their first home was at Charles Street in Penicuk, where eldest children Neil and Lorraine were born.

Read full story in the June 6 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.