'It was love at first sight': Devoted Scottish couple celebrate 75th wedding anniversary

A Scottish couple who met as teenagers are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary - and say they still believe it was love at first sight.

Robert Snaddon, 93, and wife Alison, 91, met at a dance in 1944.They married the next year, when Alison was 16 years old and pregnant, which scandalised her family at the time.Three-quarters of a century later, and with their eyesight, hearing and mobility diminishing, the devoted pair still insist it was love at first sight.They have no snaps of their wedding day, as when they tied the knot on February 2, 1945 no-one at the ceremony had a camera.Alison did not wear a white dress, as she was expecting their first child.Instead she wore a lilac dress and jacket and a navy coat and hat when they wed at St Mungo's Church in Alloa, Clackmannanshire - where they still worship.The pregnancy scandalised her family, but the couple went on to have two sons and a daughter, and adopted another boy.Sadly only their daughter, also named Alison, 71, is still alive.Alison was 15 when they met at a dance on a Saturday night, and was expecting another boy to turn up - but he was late.Instead she met Robert, who asked her to dance, and they have been inseparable ever since.Alison said: "I was 15 and Robert was a couple of years older, we met at a dance at the Friendly Girls' Club, when the town had a tea rooms."I was expecting somebody else to come but they were late coming in."I hadn't met Robert before."He just came up to me and asked me to dance, and we got on and that was it - we hit it off."Robert added: "They had dancing on a Saturday night, and of course everyone went dancing."We went dancing as well, and that's where we met."It was love at first sight."Alison had left school the previous year and was working in an office, while Robert was working in an electrical firm where he was employed for 40 years.He went on to do National Service, posted in Arbroath, Angus, and also down south.The couple have seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.Alison said: "We attend the church we got married in. I wore a lilac dress and a jacket and a navy coat and hat."I chose not to wear white because I was pregnant."My family were not happy, my parents were shocked and they were a bit angry."We didn't have cameras at the wedding."They planned to go out to celebrate their anniversary, but then had a change of heart.Robert said: "We are celebrating our wedding anniversary at home."Alison joked: "No dancing."She attributed the secret to a long marriage to patching up rows.Alison said: "If you have an argument, get it sorted out - don't carry it on."

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