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75 YEARS MARRIED AND STILL IN LOVE; Exclusive Couple's milestone.

Byline: Jenny Morrison

DAVID and Eleanor Dryburgh yesterday celebrated a wedding anniversary so rare it doesn't have a name of its own.

The pair have seen four monarchs, 17 Prime Ministers and countless historic events go by in their 75 years together.

But David, 99, who says it was love at first sight when he first met Eleanor, obviously still feels the same way about her.

Sitting beside his 101-year-old wife, he said yesterday: 'It doesn't feel like 75 years.'

The couple, who first met at a church social in Rosyth, Fife, married in Kent, where dockyard worker David had been transferred, on September 7, 1929.

The couple, who now live in Dunfermline, Fife, also spent time in Malta and Singapore. Although they had no children, they were joined by friends and family for their party.

David said: 'I think our recipe is togetherness with a bit of give and take and respect. We never imagined we would be married for 75 years but when we married we married for life.'

Eleanor, known as Nelly, said: 'When I look at David, I still see the man I married 75 years ago, not a man who is about to turn 100, and he still sees me as I was then.'

The world record is held by Daniel and Viola Colvin, of Arizona, USA,at81 years.

Scotland's longest-married living couple are believed to be Ina and Sam Wales, both 97, of Buckhaven in Fife, who celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary earlier this year. #THE 75th anniversary is so rare it has no name of its own but shares diamond with the 60th.

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HAPPY: David and Eleanor and, left, the couple on the day they married
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