The sparkle remains in their marriage

(l-r) Deputy Lieutenant Susan Haughey, Uddingston and Botherwell councillor Maureen Devlin, Christina and Daniel Cree, South Lanarkshire provost Eileen Logan and Uddingston and Bothwell councillor Anne Kegg
(l-r) Deputy Lieutenant Susan Haughey, Uddingston and Botherwell councillor Maureen Devlin, Christina and Daniel Cree, South Lanarkshire provost Eileen Logan and Uddingston and Bothwell councillor Anne Kegg

Uddingston couple Daniel and Christina Cree had a cold start to their relationship, but it soon warmed up and have now celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Daniel, from Calton, and Christina, from Tollcross, who now live in Kylepark met at Kelvin Hall ice rink in 1950 just after Daniel was de-mobbed fro the army.

They were engaged two years later and married at Tollcross Parish Church September 4, 1953.

Daniel started work for the Post Office in 1943 at 14 as a telegram boy and became an engineer in 1946, remaining with BT as an engineer in Pitt Street until he retired in 1991.

Christina worked in the fashion industry until the birth of daughter Ruth, when she became a full-time mother and homemaker.

Both are members of Kenmuir Parish Church in Mount Vernon. Daniel became an elder in his 20s at Tollcross Parish Church and continues this role at Kenmuir. Christina has also contributed to the church and was a Sunday School teacher for many years.

The couple still enjoy getting away with and annual holiday in Arran, as well as breaks with the family to Florida, Mauritius and more recently Lanzarote.

They both enjoy their garden, Christina in charge of grass cutting, while Daniel spends a lot of time pottering in his greenhouse with a passion for fuchsia plants.

Christina was a very good baker and dressmaker, joining an art class in later years she discovered a talent for oil painting and occasionally exhibited work at Uddingston’s annual art exhibition.

Daniel has been a lifelong Rangers supporter and in his younger days was himself a very capable player.

They have two daughters, Ruth and Gillian, and two grandchildren, Douglas and Laura.