AN “inspirational” Old Kilpatrick couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a weekend away in the nation’s capital.

Charlie and Rose McNair, aged 89 and 87 respectively, tied the knot on October 25,1954. The couple met in the early 1950s when Rose left her childhood home in Donegal to work in Clydebank’s Singer factory.

They have lived in Old Kilpatrick since 1962 and have 10 children, 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Their family organised a busy line-up of activities in order to mark the Blue Sapphire anniversary.

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This included a meal at 29 Glasgow, a tour of Scotland’s Secret Bunker at St Andrew’s and an overnight trip to Edinburgh including a tour of the Scottish Parliament.

Carole Chambers, one of the couple’s daughters, told the Post: “We are so proud of what they have achieved in the 65 years. It’s a massive achievement. They have had a lot of good and bad times.We are so happy that they have managed to reach 65 years.

“My dad’s registered blind and my mum’s not too great on her feet but apart from that they are as sharp as a tack. They manage very well and we are very grateful for them.”

Gil Paterson MSP hosted the couple during their tour at the parliament and described them as a “real inspiration”.