A CHANCE meeting blossomed into romance for a couple, now celebrating almost 70 years together.

Ken Scott was looking for a summer job in a photographer’s when a 16-year-old already working there caught his eye.

Love led to a long, happy married life.

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After a lifetime travelling all around the UK and as far afield as Canada, Ken and Rhona Scott settled in Knutsford.

The pair celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary at Sharston House Nursing Home last week.

The home in Manor Park South, where Ken, 94, has been living for six months, put up banners and balloons for a special anniversary celebration.

Manager Bindhu Varghese presented the couple with a bottle of bubbly.

Knutsford Guardian: Ken and Rhona Scott celebrate their wedding anniversary with staff at Sharston House Nursing HomeKen and Rhona Scott celebrate their wedding anniversary with staff at Sharston House Nursing Home (Image: Supplied)

When asked what the secret is to being happy together for so long Rhona said: “Kindness and good old-fashioned beliefs.”

Ken, who grew up in Peebles, Scotland, worked as a textiles technologist while Rhona stayed at home to care for their three children, Michael, Pauline and Yvonne.

Ken’s job took them to London and Scotland and then to Montreal, in Canada, for 10 years.

While they were in Canada, they set up an amateur dramatics club and managed to raise funds to build a community swimming pool.

After moving back to the UK, the couple, who have three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, lived in Wales and Derbyshire before settling in Knutsford.

They enjoyed many interests together such as tennis and bowling and Ken was very keen on football.

After playing for his local team in Scotland, he later became a referee. Ken also won a public speaking award in America.