Di­a­mond cou­ple mark mile­stone

Rutherglen Reformer - - 60th Wedding Anniversary - Dou­glas Dickie

A pair of Cam­bus­lang love­birds have proved to be a di­a­mond cou­ple as they reached their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary.

Andy and Myra Mc­Gowan were joined at their Half­way home by De­pute Provost Pam Clearie on Tues­day, April 4 to mark the oc­ca­sion.

The cou­ple met at the pic­tures be­fore they started go­ing out to­gether.

They got en­gaged in 1956 and were mar­ried on April 4, 1957.

Myra worked in a wool shop in Cam­bus­lang Main Street, then in Asda be­fore be­com­ing a carer for 21 years.

Andy worked in Cly­de­bridge steel works, then moved to a ca­reer in the coun­cil.

They went on to have four chil­dren. Tommy was born in 1958, fol­lowed by Ian in 1962, David in 1964, then to com­plete the fam­ily they had their wee girl Fiona in 1969.

They lived in sev­eral houses in Cam­bus­lang be­fore moving to Half­way where they still live now.

In 1979 Andy was awarded the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal for ser­vices to the com­mu­nity and the work­place and in 1982 he was elected as a coun­cil­lor with Strath­clyde Re­gional Coun­cil.

He was then elected to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil in 1996, serv­ing un­til 1998.

Over the years he was heav­ily in­volved in the YMCA run­ning the foot­ball team.

Andy and Myra both con­tinue to sup­port their lo­cal com­mu­nity, cur­rently help­ing weekly with the Heart and Stroke Club in Cam­bus­lang.

Andy said he owes his wife thanks over the years for sup­port­ing him and al­low­ing him to con­tinue his work and out­side in­ter­ests and whilst he was as coun­cil­lor as Myra was of­ten left to look af­ter the kids.

To­day, they both like to go on bus tours to Black­pool, one of their favourite places.

They en­joy a good fam­ily life spending time with their three grand­chil­dren, Holly, Laura and Ross and the rest of the fam­ily.

Happy day Andy and Myra on their wed­ding day in 1957

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