A golden time was had by all

North Lanarkshire depute provost Jean Jones and provost Jim Robertson are joined by South Lanarkshire provost Eileen Logan to welcome all the couples to Motherwell Concert Hall.
North Lanarkshire depute provost Jean Jones and provost Jim Robertson are joined by South Lanarkshire provost Eileen Logan to welcome all the couples to Motherwell Concert Hall.
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Couples from across Lanarkshire have been celebrating the joys of marriage at the annual Golden Wedding Anniversary reception.

Hosted jointly by both Lanarkshire councils, this year it was the turn of North Lanarkshire to take the lead as 125 couples married in 1963 danced the afternoon away at Motherwell Concert Hall.

North Lanarkshire provost Jim Robertson said: “This is one of the most enjoyable events in our civic calendar and I know many new friendships are made at the event each year.

“To reach a half century of marriage is a remarkable achievement and I congratulate each and every couple on the commitment and dedication you have shown to one another.”

The happy couples were treated to an afternoon of 60s music with pictures of their own special big day being beamed onto a giant screen in the concert hall before they were given a commemorative gift and had their photographs taken.

1963 was of course a very eventful time with John F Kennedy assassinated, National Service ending, the Beeching Report on the railway system published and the Great Train Robbery taking place.

Pope Paul VI succeeded Pope John XXIII and Alex Douglas-Home became Prime Minister, while the Beatles released their debut album and Doctor Who aired on tv for the first time.

South Lanarkshire provost Eileen Logan added: “Fifty years of marriage is a tremendous achievement. Therefore it is only fitting North and South Lanarkshire get together to throw a party in their honour.

“This party is a small token of our appreciation to mark the last 50 remarkable years of your lives together - and long may they continue.”