Special anniversary call for diamond pair
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