John and Elizabeth’s golden homecoming

John & Betty Docherty celebrate 50 years if marriage on returning to Scotland on holiday from their home in Sydney
John & Betty Docherty celebrate 50 years if marriage on returning to Scotland on holiday from their home in Sydney
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It was very much a homecoming and a family affair as John and Elizabeth Docherty celebrated their Golden Wedding recently.

John and Elizabeth, formerly Williams, travelled almost 11,000 miles from Australia on a nostalgic trip to mark their 50th wedding anniversary.

But if they thought the anniversary would pass quietly, they reckoned without their Scottish family and friends.

Elizabeth is a native of Motherwell and James hails from Blantyre where he worked at the Phillips factory.

The couple were married in North Motherwell Parish Church on September 26, in 1964 and 10 years later they emigrated to Australia.

They have returned to their native Scotland on several occasions but this year was a special visit.

They have been staying with Elizabeth’s sister’s home in Bellshill.

The family would not allow the golden event to pass without a celebration and a party was organised in St Bernadette’s Church hall.

The couple’s son Scott arrived from Australia to add to the surprise and Elizabeth’s twin brother Andrew and his family travelled from England.

Elizabeth’s niece Elaine Logan, who was a flower girl at the wedding, said it had been difficult to keep the celebration a secret.

But she said it was certainly worthwhile with so many family members from three generations and friends from their days in Lanarkshire turning up to share in the celebration.