Childhood sweethearts who live at a North-east care home were today celebrating Valentine’s Day for the 62nd year as a couple.
Jimmy Mathers, 93, and wife Betty, 84, live at Meallmore’s Sunnybank Care Home in Cruden Bay and have been married since 1956.
The couple met when Betty, originally from Dundee, visited Aberdeenshire on holiday as a teenager.
Their families were mutual friends and, after a church service, Betty and her family were invited back to Jimmy’s parents’ farm, Broadmuir, to see some of the newborn lambs. Jimmy says he knew even then that she was the one for him.
However, it was a number of years before their paths finally crossed again.
When they did, romance blossomed quickly and Jimmy proposed in December 1955. They have been inseparable ever since and have four children – Colin, Maureen, Brian and Alan.
The home’s activity co-ordinator Ann Lamont said: “Betty and Jim have always been a very social couple and still are to this day.
“They lived in Jim’s family home and say family visited regularly and their door was always open. They enjoy having company and still have lots of visitors – both family and friends.
“Betty is very attentive and is always taking care of Jim. It’s lovely to have such a real example of true love with us at the home.”