Dalkeith couple Mary and Alexander Morrison are looking to celebrate a golden weekend as they celebrate 50 happily married years together.
They married in 1965 at St Nicholas church, Dalkeith, and have lived in and around the town most of their married life.
This weekend will be a double celebration as tomorrow (Friday) they plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a meal at the Meerkat restaurant in Whitecraig, while Alex turns 71 the following day.
The soulmates, of Shadepark Gardens, first met in a chippy in 1963, where Alex literally swept Mary off her feet, lifting her up onto the counter and asking her out to the dancing.
They now have four grown-up daughters – Alison (49), Angela (49), Pamela (46) and Loraine (45), ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren
Alex was born in 1944 and brought up in Danderhall, while Mary was born in 1948 and brought up in Dalkeith.
During their courting days, they could always be found at ballroom dancing events, which took them all over Scotland. Mary achieved the title of Scottish champion in ballroom dancing.
Alex (70) worked as a bin lorry driver with Midlothian Council for almost 30 years while Mary (66) juggled three part-time jobs – cleaning in the mornings, a dental receptionist by day and usher at Dalkeith Picture House in the evenings. These days she enjoys socialising with her friends over a coffee while Alex enjoys studying the form of racing horses and having the occasional flutter at the bookies.
They say there is no secret to their long and happy marriage, just true love and lots of compromises.