Fort’s Mark and Kitty celebrate 65 years of wedded bliss

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Fort William couple, Mark and Kitty McCann, pictured, both 89, chalked up an remarkable anniversary this week when they celebrated 65 years of marriage on Easter Sunday, April 4.

Mark, who is well known for his activities with various charities, including working for more than 10 years to build the local hydrotherapy pool, moved to Fort William from Coatbridge in 1959, three years after the couple were married, to take up a post with Black and Campbell clothiers, in Fort William High Street.

Kitty joined him a short time afterwards and they lived with their children above the shop in the High Street.

Due to Covid restrictions, the weekend celebration was quite limited, without those members of the family living abroad, but they still managed a special meal and cake to mark their ‘Blue Sapphire’ anniversary.

The couple, who now also have great-grandchildren, agreed that time had just flown in and that they had vivid memories of their wedding in St Monica’s, Coatbridge, as though it had just happened.

Mark told us: ‘It really is hard to believe that so much time has passed and that we now have our own children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

‘Even though many were unable to make it it person due to Covid, we have heard from them all and have a great set of cards to mark the day.’

Photograph: Iain Ferguson,