Golden memories for happy couples

David and Lilias McVie, from Motherwell
David and Lilias McVie, from Motherwell

Couples from the Motherwell Times and Bellshill Speaker circulation areas joined more than 150 husbands and wives from across Lanarkshire at the county’s annual Golden Wedding Anniversary celebrations.

Jointly run by North and South Lanarkshire Council every year, and hosted by South Lanarkshire this year, the couples were treated to a nostalgic trip back to 1964 when they tied the knot.

And with images of their big day flashing up on a giant screen in the Banqueting Hall at Council Headquarters in Hamilton, the event was a great success for all who attended.

And as well as dancing the afternoon away to the sounds of the 60s, the couples went home with a goody bag to remember the big day.

The event was spread over two days to accommodate everyone who wished to attend and the golden couples were remineded of a host of events which made the year they were married a significant one in other ways.

On the music scene the Beatles arriving in the US, giving birth to Beatlemania, The Rolling Stones and 
The Kinks released their debut albums and Pete Townshend of The Who destroyed his first guitar on stage.

Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston to become world heavyweight champion, Martin Luther King Jr became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Italian government asked for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from falling.

Nearer home Labour returned to power under Harold Wilson after 13 years of Tory rule, box offices smashes at the cinema included Squadron, Dr Strangelove, Goldfinger, and other couples who married included Peter Sellers and Britt Ekland, Sonny and Cher and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

See this week’s Motherwell Times and Bellshill Speaker for a picture spread on some of the golden couples - with more to follow next week.