Golden chips leads to golden wedding

Tom and Carmel Turner with grandchildren Charlotte and Callum at their golden wedding celebration
Tom and Carmel Turner with grandchildren Charlotte and Callum at their golden wedding celebration

A bag of chips and a glass of milk saw Motherwell man Tom Turner win the heart of wife Carmel, and 50 years on they have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

The couple first met when Carmel was visiting relatives in Scotland. Carmel returned to Ireland where she was training to be a nurse, but Tom headed across the sea to win his lady’s hand.

Carmel said: “I was a student nurse at the time and Tom would bring all the girls chips, but I was the only one who also got milk, which was expensive then, so I knew he was the man for me.”

The couple moved to Motherwell and were married in St Bernadette’s Church before rasing their children Lara and Damian.

Carmel worked as a nurse, spending most of her career at Strathclyde Hospital as well as a spell latterly at Hartwood Hospital.

Tom was a well known businessman owning the snooker club in Motherwell town hall from 1982-1999, then turning it into the Majestic nightclub which he sold two years later. He went on to own a baby shop and a sandwich shop.

Having both now retired they describe themselves as full-time grandparents to their four grandchildren.

Tom and Carmel celebrated their anniversary with a party back where their marriage started, in St Bernadette’s Hall.

They would like to thank everyone for their kind gifts, cards and donations which saw them raise £700 for Motor Neurone Disease.