Diamond joy for Penicuik couple

Isabel and Jim Morrison from Penicuik, celebrate their diamond wedding with Provost Joe Wallace and Vice Lord Lieutenant Richard Callendar.

Isabel and Jim Morrison from Penicuik, celebrate their diamond wedding with Provost Joe Wallace and Vice Lord Lieutenant Richard Callendar.

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Jim Morrison could be forgiven for thinking sparks flew when he first met his wife-to-be at a dance more than 60 years ago.

Electrician Jim and wife Isabel celebrated their diamond wedding with family at a special meal at the Flotterstone Inn recently.

The couple were joined by Vice-Lord Lieutenant Richard Callendar and Provost Joe Wallace who brought best wishes from The Queen and Midlothian Council.

Jim (84) was born on Bute but he was educated in Johnstone after his parents moved. When Jim’s father came out the Army in 1946 the family moved to Keswick in the Lake District.

Isabel (82) was brought up in Dalston near Carlisle. The couple met at a dance in Croswthwaite.

Jim and Isabel were married at Crosthwaite Parish Church, Keswick, on December 10, 1955.

Jim had served his apprenticeship as an elctrician and completed his National Service with the RAF as an air radar mechanic.

On being demobbed he joined the UK Atomic Energy Authority as an electrical technician and worked at Windscale, Sellafield, Harwell and Culham Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

In 1967 the family moved to Penicuik as Jim was transferred to the Civil Service working at the Scottish Office in Edinburgh until his retiral in 1991.

Isabel spent the early part of married life as a full-time mother and when the children had grown up she worked at the Flotterstone Inn and Alexanders Electrical Contractors in Penicuik, She also retired in 1991.

They have three children – David, Margaret and Fiona, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

And the success to a long marriage? “Compromise and love,” said Jim. “I think we have been blessed with reasonably good health and a good family.”