Jim fell for Betty - in more ways than one!

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JIM AND Betty Mearns, Gannochy Crescent, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday.

The couple were married on March 22, 1952, in the former St John’s Church, John Street.

Jim was born at Balkiellie Farm where his father worked, and attended Craig and Ferryden Schools.

He worked first at Tayock Farm, then for Christison the carrier, before serving his National Service with the RAF.

When he was demobilised he returned to Christison, started driving, and moved to Watson’s garage. He then drove for BRS, for five years based in Brechin, five in Montrose, and for 29 years in Arbroath. He took early retirement through ill health.

Betty is a native of the town and attended North Links School. She worked with a carrier then at the Playhouse Cinema in John Street before moving to Chivers.

Neither have had much time for hobbies, Jim gardening when he could, and Betty knitting for the family.

They had met under unusual circumstances. Jim had been home on leave from the RAF and had partaken of some refreshment. He was in the cinema in John Street when he lost his footing and tumbled down the stairs.

When he came to the next day, he asked who had helped him, so went to thank the lady in question - who just happened to be Betty! So for a second time he fell for her in a big way.

The couple had five children, all of whom still live in the immediate vicinity: James, Elizabeth, Kenneth, Moira and Alison.

There are seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jim and Betty celebrated their special day on Friday with a family party at the George Hotel.