WHILE the country got caught up in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations a Bellshill couple have been savouring their very own special 60-year milestone.
Jean and Robert Dickson, of Warnock Crescent, were married 60 years ago tomorrow (Thursday) and to mark the occasion they received a special message of congratulations from the Queen herself.
The couple were married at Viewpark Parish Church on June 7, 1952. Both are members of Bellshill West Parish church and are well known and liked around the community.
Robert, originally from Mossend, met Jean through a mutual friendship with Jean’s cousin, corresponding by letter while Robert was in the Army. Four years later they became engaged and two years after that they married.
Although Jean did not work after getting married, before that she worked in the accounts office of the Lewis’s in Argyle Street, Glasgow. For many years she was a member of the Women’s Guild at the West Church.
Robert trained as a mechanic, working at Joseph Potts funeral directors in North Road, Bellshill, before going into the Army for three years from 1945-48.
He returned to Potts before moving on to transport managment at Belmos in Bellshill, and later Blantyre, before working for BICC in Bellshill Industrial Estate, managing the warehouse and company transport.
He is also an elder at Bellshill West Church and a member of the Men’s Fellowship there.
The couple have two daughters - June and Jacqueline - and five grandsons and celebrated the occasion with a family lunch at the Redstones Hotel in Uddingston.