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Monday, 25 May 2015

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Prudhoe: Chance meeting led to love

IAN Bruce couldn’t find his boss one evening in 1950.

Ian and Flo Bruce who celebrated their Diamond Wedding on Monday.

He did, however, bump into the boss’s daughter, Flo – and asked her out to the pictures.

This turned out to be a good move, as 63 years on, the Prudhoe couple are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Ian (85) is originally from Aberdeen, while Flo (84) is from Fort William, but the couple spent most of their married life in Aldermaston, Berkshire, where Ian was employed with the MoD.

They have three children, Kenneth, Keith and Sandra. Sandra moved to Prudhoe years ago, inspiring Ian and Flo to relocate after Ian’s retirement in 1992.

“We always liked coming up here,” said Flo, a former dinner lady and school escort. “The people are friendly here; it’s so different from down south.”

Throughout their years together, Ian and Flo have enjoyed numerous hobbies, including fundraising for local groups and walking.

On one occasion, they climbed Ben Nevis as part of the Queen’s Coronation celebrations.

The couple also used to enjoy putting on concerts with friends and twice managed to attract none other than famous performer Roy Castle.

Although well established in Prudhoe, they retain a close link with their Scottish roots, continuing to visit Fort William and staying in touch with old friends.

To celebrate their anniversary last Monday, they enjoyed a meal with their daughter at The Wellington in Riding Mill.

As to their secret for a long and happy marriage...

“I don’t know what the real answer is; maybe a bit of understanding and give and take,” said Ian. Flo agreed, with one small caveat: “I’m the boss.”