Bothwell couple’s sixty years of wedded bliss

WE ARE FAMILY . . . the couple are pictured with their children Jeff and Susan.
WE ARE FAMILY . . . the couple are pictured with their children Jeff and Susan.

A BOTHWELL couple sailed the high seas to celebrate a wonderful 60 years of marriage recently.

Elizabeth, known as Joyce, and Raymond Forrest marked their diamond wedding anniversary on December 8 on a Caribbean cruise.

The couple then officially celebrated the big occasion with South Lanarkshire Provost Russell Clearie who visited their home in Bothwell on Monday, December 12.

They met in the offices of a shipyard in Sunderland before they got engaged when Joyce was 17 and Raymond was 23.

They got married around two years later and have a son Jeff and a daughter Susan.

The couple also have four grandchildren - Louise, Nicola, Stephen and Andrew - and three great grandchildren - Mikey, Ava and Ozzie.

Joyce worked as a hospital telephonist for a while before stopping to have the children.

Raymond was a sales representative who moved around the country being promoted in various jobs.

After so many moves it became the norm for them and they enjoyed changing houses every few years.

They have moved around the country many times because of Raymond’s job, living in 20 houses in total.

Raymond took early retirement from Ross Frozen Foods not long after he had a serious car accident in 1972.

He then took a job with Tesco for a while before eventually retiring for good.

Joyce worked for former Uddingston based sweet factory Haltons as a receptionist when they moved to Bothwell in 1972.

They then moved through to Stirling and Denny before coming back to settle in retirement in Bothwell once again.