Spark of love remains for Jim and Isobel

Jim and Isobel Barr
Jim and Isobel Barr

There was clearly electricity in the air when Jim Barr met Isobel Goldie at a Valentine’s dance held in Bellshill West Church.

A few years later the couple were wed at the Methodist Church in Mossend on the day of Isobel’s 21st birthday and last month celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

At the time of their marriage Jim, who was 24, had completed his apprenticeship as an electrician at Anderson Boyes.

He would go on to work for Stewarts and Lloyds and British Rail, while Isobel concentrated on being a hairdresser, many of her clients being in the likes of sheltered housing where they were unable to get to a salon.

As retail was in both their family lineage, it was perhaps no surprise in the early 1980s they opened a shop in Coatbridge which specialised in electrical goods and repairs, which they ran for over 25 years until they reached retirement age.

The Bellshill couple have two daughters, Irene and Carol, and they also have two grandchildren Melissa and Jordan.

Family and friends joined them for a celebratory meal at the Georgian Hotel in Coatbridge where their wedding reception had taken place 50 years ago.

Keen travellers Jim and Isobel also decided to take their first trip to Whitby, staying at the Royal Hotel for a week, as it is one of the few places they hadn’t been.

The couple remain active as members of Motherwell Community Church and Carluke Highlanders’ Association, attending the monthly ceilidh and Isobel likes to get out in the garden when they aren’t off travelling.