Old­est cou­ple join in his­toric event

West Lothian Courier - - News -

A West Loth­ian cou­ple were the old­est mar­ried pair to par­tic­i­pate in the once-in-a-life­time walk across the new Queens­ferry Cross­ing when it opened to pedes­tri­ans on Satur­day.

Tom and Pearl Wat­son, who are 95 and 91 re­spec­tively, set the record as the old­est mar­ried cou­ple to cross the bridge as 50,000 peo­ple took part in the his­toric walk.

The cou­ple, who cel­e­brated 70 years of mar­riage ear­lier this year, were also two of the lucky few to be in­vited to the bridge’s of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony with Her Majesty The Queen.

Tom and Pearl got to rub shoul­ders with the likes of First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon and Prince Philip at the of­fi­cial open­ing.

Tom said:“This was a true life­time ex­pe­ri­ence and will live long in our mem­o­ries.”

It was a great day for the Lin­lith­gow-based cou­ple with Tom liv­ing in Brid­gend and Pearl cur­rently in the care of Lin­lith­gow Care Home where she has resided for the last six years with Tom vis­it­ing her every day.

The Queen opened the Queens­ferry Cross­ing on Mon­day, 53 years to the day after she opened the Forth Road Bridge.

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