Sparkling couple’s Diamond Wedding

Archie and Olive McCunn
Archie and Olive McCunn

A well-known couple in the community of Motherwell have celebrated a remarkable 60 years of wedded bliss together.

Archie and Olive McCunn have proven that love can be everlasting by celebrating their Diamond Wedding anniversary.

The couple’s courtship began when both were members of the Youth Fellowship at what was then known as Brandon Church.

The courtship developed as they grew up and both took leading parts in the Fellowship - Olive as organist, and tea convener, and Archie as president for a number of years.

Their connection with Crosshill Parish Church - the direct descendant of Brandon - continues still.

Naturally the couple’s wedding took place at the church in September 1954.

Archie has now been an elder at the church for 65 years and Olive was recently presented with a gift from the congregation acknowledging 50 years’ service as a lady visitor.

Archie, a chartered mechanical engineer, formerly worked at the Ravenscraig steelworks where he was initially assistant to the general manager, rising to the position of chief ironworks engineer before he left to pursue a career in industrial management.

In 1990 he was awarded the OBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the Highlands and Islands through its Development Board of which he was a full-time member.

Both have also played key parts in local community organisations - Olive is a past president (twice) of the Inner Wheel Club and Archie of the Rotary Club and Probus Club.

They have one son and one daughter - Kenneth and his wife have a staff recruitment business in central Edinburgh and Fiona and her husband are doctors practising in Yorkshire.

And four ‘splendid’ grandsons, either graduated or making their way through university and college, complete the family.

Away from work and the church, Archie has also held a lifelong interest in painting and was featured in the Times and Speaker five years ago when he staged a special exhibition at Motherwell Heritage Centre.

The exhibiiton was entitled ‘From Steelworks to Artworks’ and featured a wide-ranging selection of styles.