Spe­cial an­niver­sary call for di­a­mond pair

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A cou­ple who met in the play­ground of Ruther­glen Academy in 1945 have cel­e­brated their di­a­mond wed­ding an­niver­sary - with a lit­tle help from their best man 9000 miles away.

Alex and Sheila Gard­ner met again 11 years later at the Al­bert Ball­room in Glas­gow and went on to be mar­ried in Jan­uary 11, 1957 in Cam­bus­lang.

Be­side them that day was Jack Don­ald­son, a long-time friend of the cou­ple.

Although he now lives in South Africa, Jack was beamed to the cou­ple’s Balquhid­der Care Home in Alexan­dria to con­grat­u­late them ex­actly 60 years af­ter the big day.

Alex be­came a flight lieu­tenant in the RAF and was also a sci­en­tific in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer and Sheila worked as a mid­wife.

Alex went on to work in ed­u­ca­tion as a pro­fes­sor in psy­chol­ogy and also worked in a va­ri­ety of re­search and me­dia roles be­fore be­com­ing an ex­pert wit­ness in courts.

Sheila took time off from her ca­reer as a mid­wife to raise the cou­ple’s five chil­dren – Lesley, Wendy, Au­drey, Don­ald and Struan – but later re­turned to work un­til her re­tire­ment.

The cou­ple now en­joy spend­ing time with their 12 grand­chil­dren.

Spe­cial day Alex and Sheila Gard­ner mark their di­a­mond wed­ding an­niver­sary with Deputy Lieu­tenant Lums­den Mathieson and best man Jack Don­ald­son on the screen skyp­ing from South Africa

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