TEENAGE sweethearts Margaret and John Rolland have Hollywood film star Tony Curtis to thank for their chance meeting more than 60 years ago.

The Tranent couple celebrated their diamond wedding with family and friends on December 21 after spending their working lives in the town.

But Margaret revealed they only met when John and his friends travelled into Haddington to see a movie and found themselves sitting behind Margaret and her companions.

Margaret said: “I was at Haddington Picture House with my two friends and there were these three boys a few rows behind us and we got chatting. I always remember the film, it was Houdini.”

There was no escape for 16-year-old Margaret and John, who was 19 at the time, as they fell in love and married three years later.

Miner John and Margaret, who grew up in Haddington’s Nungate, made their home in John’s home town of Tranent, where they raised two daughters.

Now their family has extended to include three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

And Margaret, 78, who worked at Kilspindie Knitwear factory in her younger days, has revealed that she maintains her love of knitting to this day, picking up a pair of needles when she has the time.

The happy couple, who stay on King’s Road, enjoyed a meal out with friends as they marked their special anniversary. Margaret said of staying together happily for 60 years: “It is all about give and take, and looking after each other.”