John and Isabella celebrate in style

Isabella and John Irvine
Isabella and John Irvine

Motherwell couple John and Isabella Irvine celebrated 60 years of marriage in royal style last week with a card from Her Majesty the Queen.

They were visited at their home at Toll Street by North Lanarkshire provost Jim Robertson and deputy Lord Lieutenant John McKenzie.

The couple also enjoyed a meal with family and friends at the Bentley Hotel.

John hails from New Stevenston and was a metallurgist at Ravenscraig steel works before moving to work with the Electricity Board until his retirement.

Isabella also lived in New Stevenston where she met John. She moved with her family to Newarthill and she and John were married in Newarthill Parish Church on July 16, 1955, by the Rev Montgomery.

Isabella went to work with the Co-operative when she left school, then was in the nursing profession until she retired.

She worked in the former Motherwell Maternity in Airbles Road, and then was employed in the health centre in maternity related services.

John is happily relaxing in his retirement and Isabella continues to be a volunteer with the WRVS at Wishaw General Hospital which she loves.

The couple were thrilled with their diamond wedding celebrations.

Isabella said that they were really happy to welcome the Provost and Depute Lieutenant to their home and they are grateful to the members of their extended family who organised the event in the Bentley.