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Road to happiness for 60 years for Glasgow lollipop couple

Glaswegian crossing patrollers Joe and Amy Ambler have come together to celebrate their diamond anniversary, even though they work at two different city schools.

The Pollok locals have been married for 60 years and were presented with a special lollipop-style cake to mark the milestone.

The couple also received a bouquet of flowers from the Lord Provost Bob Winter and even a congratulations card from the Queen!

81 year old Joe has worked as a school crossing patroller for almost 14 years at Crookston Castle Primary School while Amy, who is 78, has been working at Gowanbank Primary School for 13 years.

Joe and Amy met when Joe was on leave from Belgium while he was serving as a private in the Corps of the Royal Engineers. He later worked as a long-distance lorry and bus driver and Amy has worked as a machinist, cleaner and carer.

Joe had to return to Belgium after just three weeks and they kept in touch by letter for six months. When he came back home, Joe proposed to Amy.

They were married on May 9th, 1952 at Govan Parish Church and lived in Antwerp in Belgium for a year before they returned to Glasgow.

They are very popular with the pupils and they both love their jobs. They are proud parents to four children, grandparents to nine grandchildren and are set to become great grandparents for the first time in July.

After a party to celebrate their anniversary, they will be heading off on a luxury cruise.

Amy said: “The key to our marriage was the fact we worked together as a team.

“It wasn’t always easy, especially when bringing up four children, but we never had any big arguments. We are in the marriage together and I always say you get out of it what you put in.”

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