Celebrations for special couple Anne and Sam

Anne and Sam Thurley
Anne and Sam Thurley

A MEMBER of the Times & Speaker family has been enjoying a special celebration.

Our Uddingston district correspondent Anne Thurley and her husband Sam marked 60 years of marriage with their diamond wedding anniversary.

Sam and Anne, who live in Loancroft Gardens with their dog Kirky, met in Annan when he was serving in the RAF and she in the WAAF, marrying on January 26, 1952, in Portland Church, Troon.

They set up home in Clydebank, with Sam becoming a chartered accountant, while Anne worked for London Midland Scottish Railway.

They were joined in the family home by daughter Linda in 1955 and son David two years later before moving to Uddingston in 1963 with Sam becoming internal auditor for Lanark County and later Chief Internal Auditor for Strathclyde Region.

Sam enjoys gardening and pottery and was treasurer of Uddingston Cricket Club for many years where he remains a member.

Anne has served in the British Red Cross for most of her life and ran a cadet unit in Uddingston, as well working for Wellhall Church of Scotland Home in Hamilton, the WRVS, Lanarkshire Health Council and the Scout movement.

Both are keen members of Uddingston Old Parish Church with Anne formerly serving on the Congregational Board, while Sam still does.

An elder in the parish Sam was also a Sunday school teacher and treasurer for many years, with Anne president of the Woman’s Guild and continues to be an active member.

Both Linda and David are happily married, David to Lynn - they have two children, Lauren and Mark - and Linda to Richard.

Sam and Anne celebrated their anniversary with immediate family at Bothwell Bridge Hotel.