Elizabeth ‘Betty’ McKie Dunlop, 89, and husband Robert ‘Bert’ Dunlop, 93, recently celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary at Renaissance Care’s Mailin Court Care Home in Turnberry, South Ayrshire.
The couple originally met at St Quivox Church, Prestwick, in the early 1950s. They first became acquainted after Betty’s brother, Samuel, introduced the pair believing that they would make a great match for each other.
When asked if it was love at first sight, Betty said: “Our love grew as we got to know each other. My brother was right – we are a perfect match!”
Betty worked as a district nurse around Ayrshire for many years, while Bert worked as ground crew for the Lancaster bombers based at RAF Kinloss after the end of the Second World War, before moving on to work as a policeman across Ayr, Catrine, Ballantrae and Girvan. The pair shared a passion for badminton and the church, both eventually becoming elders at Girvan North Parish.
Both Bert and Betty said raising their family together, consisting of their two children Kenneth and Gillian, and a lapdog called Michelle, has been the greatest joy in life. The pair now have four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren to cherish, based across Kilmarnock, Gloucestershire and West Sussex.
Looking back on the last 70 years together, the couple agree that their strength has always been a mutual respect and reliance on each other, keeping their love strong over the last seven decades.
Bert said: “Betty is always there for me, and I am always there for Betty. We are always happy if we are simply just together. That’s what true love is.”
Louise Dunlop, Care Home Manager at Malin Court said: “It has been lovely to celebrate Bert and Betty’s anniversary in the home. 70 years is such an impressive amount of time and is a testament to the strong love between the pair of them.
“Celebrating the big moments and milestones in our residents’ lives is a top priority at Malin Court. All the staff love to get involved and make these occasions as special as possible.”