60 years and still going strong for fitness fans John and Christine

Despite both being in their 80s lifelong fitness fans John and Christine Duthie still enjoy a sporting lifestyle.

The East Kilbride couple are celebrating 60 years of married life and were visited by Deputy Lieutenant Fazal LLahi Bukhsh DL and Provost Iain McAllan  to mark the occassion.

Christine may be familiar to many local people as a former PE teacher at East Kilbride’s Hunter High School. She worked in the school from 1969 when the couple, who met and married in Fraserburgh, first moved to the new town.

John was born and brought up in Fraserburgh and Christine was born in Rothesay and moved to Fraserburgh at an early age.

The couple originally met at Sunday school as children but it was not until sometime after the first blossoming of their romance at a dance in Fraserburgh’s Royal British Legion Club in 1956 that they discovered the earlier connection.

A few months after they met, John went abroad for his National Service. While this could have put a strain on a new relationship, they wrote to each other regularly and two years later, the romance continued to flourish. They were married on the 19th December 1959 in St Andrews Church, Fraserburgh.

When they married, John was working as an engineer for a local tool company CPT and Christine was in teacher training.

John was a talented footballer and was a first team regular for many years with Fraserburgh in the Highland league.

Christine’s talent lay in tennis. She was many times a club champion and regularly played against Wimbledon competitors.

In more recent years their sporting passion has been golf, which they were introduced to in later life by their son, the couple enjoy playing up to three times a week and especially enjoy travelling to their holiday home in Spain to golf in the sunshine.

Despite their love of sport John and Christine’s greatest passion is their family and they love to spend time with their three children, Lorraine, Martin and Alan, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Provost McAllan said: “John and Christine are an example to us all with their active lifestyle and cheery outlook on life.

“It was lovely to be a part of their Diamond Wedding celebration along with their family and to be able to offer them congratulations and good wishes on behalf of the wider community of South Lanarkshire .”

Posted by Gavin Whitefield