Golden mile for mar­riage

Jean and Camp­bell hon­oured in their beloved Black­pool 50 years af­ter first vis­it­ing the town as man and wife

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Front Page - Judith Ton­ner

A Coat­bridge cou­ple and their fam­ily were guests of honour at a civic re­cep­tion in their favourite hol­i­day re­sort to cel­e­brate 50 years of mar­riage.

Golden greats Jean and Camp­bell Scott have been vis­it­ing Black­pool’s Golden Mile since their hon­ey­moon 50 years ago – when they had to spend the first night sleep­ing in their car out­side a locked hotel.

They have been reg­u­lar vis­i­tors to the sea­side town through­out their mar­riage, and were greeted by the area’s mayor on their lat­est visit to mark their special milestone.

Pic­ture courtesy of the Black­pool Gazette.

Golden cou­ple Jean and Camp­bell Scott had an ex­tra- special cel­e­bra­tion to mark their 50th wedding an­niver­sary — by be­com­ing guests of honour in their favourite hol­i­day town.

The Town­head res­i­dents were treated to a civic re­cep­tion by the mayor of Black­pool, where the love­birds spent their hon­ey­moon and have since vis­ited sev­eral times ev­ery sin­gle year dur­ing their half­cen­tury of wed­ded bliss.

The cou­ple’s in­tro­duc­tion to the Lan­cashire re­sort back in 1967 wasn’t ideal, as Jean and Camp­bell had to spend their wedding night sleep­ing in the car af­ter ar­riv­ing from their cel­e­bra­tions to find their hotel closed for the evening.

How­ever, it didn’t dent their love for the sea­side town which has kept them com­ing back time af­ter time over the decades — and they have since up­graded to their favourite beach­front hotel which Jean had as­pired to visit since the hol­i­days of her child­hood.

Their special date at Black­pool’s town hall, with mayor Ian Cole­man and deputies Gary and Deb­bie Cole­man, came dur­ing a re­cent fam­ily hol­i­day to mark their mar­riage milestone in which they were ac­com­pa­nied to their favourite des­ti­na­tion by son Ronald, daugh­terin-law Tracy, grand­daugh­ters Cara Buchanan and Jen­nifer Scott, and Jen­nifer’s part­ner David O’Brien.

Ronald told the Ad­ver­tiser: “I had the idea of see­ing if per­haps we could get a card for them, so my daugh­ter Jen­nifer emailed the coun­cil — we were then re­ally sur­prised when the mayor’s sec­re­tary phoned and asked if we’d like to go for lunch to mark the oc­ca­sion.

“We made a card say­ing they were go­ing for a VIP lunch when we were in Black­pool. My mum thought it would be high tea and was amazed when we met up and walked round the cor­ner to the town hall.

“Both my par­ents re­ally en­joyed the day. They re­ceived a lovely card and there was a lovely af­ter­noon tea of sand­wiches and cakes pro­vided for them.

“The mayor and deputies were re­ally nice and asked lots of ques­tions about Black­pool, how things have changed over time and what acts they’ve seen when they have vis­ited over the years.

“My mum told them the story of how they’d had to sleep in the car on their wedding night — they’d left their wedding re­cep­tion in Coat­bridge to drive down for hon­ey­moon, and by the time they got there at 1.30am, their hotel was closed for the night!”

Ronald added: “My mum used to visit Black­pool with her par­ents when she was a child and she’d stand on the beach and look up at the Cliffs Hotel — she al­ways thought that she’d love to go and stay there one day.

“They’ve been stay­ing there for the past 20 years and wouldn’t go any­where else. The man­ager knows us as we go so of­ten and they’d left prosecco in their room as a gift for their an­niver­sary.

“My dad hadn’t been to Black­pool un­til he met my mum, but both of them just love it. There’s en­ter­tain­ment, food and shops — they just re­ally love ev­ery­thing about it.

“They’ve been to other places like Newquay and Bournemouth and they’ve been abroad to­gether a few times, but Black­pool is al­ways their favourite. They used to go as of­ten as six times a year. They still go up to three times and are ac­tu­ally go­ing back again in six weeks’ time for their next visit.

“My dad was known as ‘ Mr Black­pool’ when he used to drive taxis in Coat­bridge be­cause he’d al­ways talk about it and be­cause of his love af­fair with the place!”

Jean, nee Stocks, and Camp­bell both grew up in Town­head — where they still live — and re­spec­tively at­tended Town­head and Gartsher­rie pri­maries.

Camp­bell ran an ice-cream van in the area, which led him to meet fu­ture wife Jean as she was one of its cus­tomers.

The happy cou­ple were mar­ried on Septem­ber 8, 1967, at Gartsher­rie Church — the build­ing which is now New St An­drew’s Church. They have three chil­dren — Camp­bell, Ronald and Cheryl — and six grand­chil­dren.

Jean, 67, worked in the civil ser­vice, while Camp­bell, 73, went on to work at the nearby con­tainer base in Gartsher­rie for 30 years and also spent a decade as a taxi driver in Coat­bridge.

They cel­e­brated on the day of their golden wedding with an ex­tended fam­ily din­ner, be­fore head­ing to Black­pool for their es­pe­cially mem­o­rable five-day hol­i­day in their favourite re­sort.

Grand­daugh­ter Jen­nifer told the Black­pool mayor’s of­fice in her let­ter: “Black­pool is in their blood. It holds a very special place in their hearts and has many great mem­o­ries for us all.”

She told the Ad­ver­tiser: “We were all sur­prised and de­lighted to be in­vited to lunch with the mayor and deputy mayor and may­oress. It’s some­thing we’ll all re­mem­ber for a long time.”

We were sur­prised when the mayor in­vited all of us to lunch

Tow­er­ing achieve­ment The Town­head tourists have vis­ited Black­pool hun­dreds of times Loved­birds The Scotts on their big day in 1967

Of­fi­cial re­cep­tion The cou­ple with Black­pool mayor Ian Cole­man

Solid as a Rock Jean and Camp­bell love the Golden Mile

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