A DEVOTED Greenock couple have celebrated 65 wonderful years together.

Agnes and Michael McFarlane marked the special blue sapphire milestone with a romantic meal at Merino Court Care Home in Drumfrochar Road.

Later that day they enjoyed a party with one of their daughters Anne, who brought in a special cake, and fellow residents of Agnes's.

The pair fell in love after meeting at a dance and tied the knot on June 3 in 1954 in St Mungo's Church in Greenock.

They went on to have Celia, now 64, and Anne, 62, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

After they married, the pair lived with Agnes's mother in Thomas Muir Street in Gibshill and their first home was a 'single end' in East Crawford Street.

They later moved to Braeside and lived in the family home in Dalriada Road for 50 years.

Michael, 92, was a shipyard plater at Scott Lithgow and when he was made redundant he took on a job as a handyman at Greenock Golf Club to tide him over to retirement.

Michael said: "The job lasted 22 years, I only gave it up when I was 80.

"I am the last of a family of 13. I had seven brothers and six sisters."

Agnes, 89, sadly is not in good health and moved to the care home six months ago but Michael visits three times a week and is sometimes invited up for dinner.

Manager of Merino Court Care Home, Heather Campbell-Hanratty said: "It was truly a privilege to help Agnes and Michael to celebrate such a special occasion.”

Merino Court is run by HC-One and area director Tracy McDonald said: "Agnes and Michael’s anniversary celebrations sound great. Organising memorable events like this is an important part of how HC-One provides the kindest care.”