A celebration that is truly fit for a King

Provost Jim Robertson (left) and deputy Lord Lieutenant John Brown congratulate Effie and John King.
Provost Jim Robertson (left) and deputy Lord Lieutenant John Brown congratulate Effie and John King.
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It was a diamond day for Motherwell couple John and Effie King last week as they marked 60 years of marriage with some special visitors.

The couple, who live at Avon Street, Motherwell were visited by North Lanarkshire Provost Jim Robertson who handed over flowers to Effie and a special bottle of whisky to John.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant John Brown also presented a framed message from the Lord Lieutenant of the county.

John and Effie, formerly Girdwood, met through the tennis club in Law Village where they both lived as children and teenagers.

John was a draughtsman and spent his whole working life with Anderson Boyes in Motherwell, with only a break to complete his national service with the Royal Engineers.

Effie was a typist in an office in Glasgow for many years.

It was love all at the tennis club where romance blossomed. John and Effie married and moved to Motherwell where they set up home in Gavin Street.

John and Effie have two children. Their daughter Ishbel lives in the north of Scotland and son Gordon lives in Uddingston,

They have four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren which means life is never dull in their home with so many close family nearby to visit.

John is a keen bowler and still enjoys playing at the High Road Club in Motherwell.

Effie is happily occupied with her hobby of solving quizzes and doing crosswords.

The couple enjoyed a champagne lunch on their diamond wedding day and there are plans for a family get-together later in the year.