House of love – Michael and Cathy share a remarkable link and five decades of married life

Kirkintilloch. Michael and Cathy Finnigan Golden Wedding. 30.12.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Kirkintilloch. Michael and Cathy Finnigan Golden Wedding. 30.12.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A GOLDEN couple who were both born, seven years apart, in the SAME ROOM have celebrated 50 years of marriage

Michael and Cathy Finnigan, who have both lived in Kirkintilloch all their lives, were married in St Flannan’s Church on December 30, 1961, followed by a reception at the former Coronation Club.

Remarkably the pair were both born, seven years apart, in the same room in Canal Street - Cathy’s parents moved into the house after Michael’s moved out.

They met at Kirkintilloch Miners Welfare Club and it was love at first sight.

Cathy (70) told the Herald: “We both used to go to the dancing at the Miners in those days and I fell for him immediately.”

The couple returned to the club last week to celebrate their golden wedding with family and friends - including their two sons, two daughters and three grandsons.

Michael (77), who worked as a railway fireman, said: “We got married at New Year, because we had the holidays - and it was a week of parties. It was all very different then, Kirkintilloch was a dry town.

“But we still got the drinks in though!”

And the secret to such a long and happy marriage? According to bingo-loving Cathy it’s simply a case of “taking the good with the bad and getting on with things”.

The happy couple are pictured with East Dunbartonshire Provost Eric Gotts, who presented them with gifts and a card, marking 50 years of married life, on behalf of the council.

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