Teenage sweethearts Tom and Cathie Eadie had plenty to celebrate after 60 years of marriage – and some surprise guests at the party.
The couple were pupils at St Joseph’s in Blantyre when they first met, and a few years later romance blossomed into marriage.
Tom, originally from Caldervale outside Uddingston – but a Bellshill man for most of his life – started out as a miner but soon found he had a natural talent for journalism.
He was a regular contributor to the Motherwell Times and Bellshill Speaker, sold stories to national newspapers – and bought his own movie camera too.
Tom recalls: “In the 60s one of my first successes was a story I sold to the Daily Mail – about a mouse which escaped from a piece box on a bus and caused havoc.”
These days Bel Press is still a regular source of community news.
Cathie worked in the shoe repair department of the Co-op in Blantyre, before becoming a housewife and mother.
She’s known to many in the area as president of the Union of Catholic Mothers for Motherwell Diocese – while for his part Tom has a long association with the Scottish Catholic Observer.
The couple celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in style, so for friends and family it was a challenge coming up with something extra-special for the Diamond anniversary.
With five children, nine grand-children and six great grandchildren the couple certainly enjoyed a “family occasion” in Carfin, but there was a major surprise in store when the priest who originally blessed the pair – Father John Breslin – attended to congratulate them and give his blessing.
And there was a dash of glamour when veteran performer Christian arrived to provide the entertainment.
The couple also celebrated a Mass held in the Sacred Heart Church hall in Bellshill, attended by Provost Jim Robertson and deputy Lord Lieutenant Terry Currie.
Tom was 20 and Cathie 19 when they tied the knot six decades ago, and are delighted so many friends were with them in order to share their extensive treasure trove of memories from their lifetime together.