Cou­ple cel­e­brate their di­a­mond day Child­hood sweet­hearts mark sparkling oc­ca­sion

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Celtic fan Jim Brown was cock-a-hoop when he met the love of his life Ella on the touch­line more than six decades ago.

And now the Town­head di­a­mond duo are the toast of the town as they pre­pare to cel­e­brate 60 years of wed­ded bliss to­day.

Child­hood sweet­hearts Jim, 81, and Ella, 79, were in­tro­duced by her brother Peter after a foot­ball match – and their ro­mance kick-started from there.

The love­birds tied the knot in St Philom­ena’s Church in Proven­hill, Glas­gow, on Oc­to­ber 31, 1958, in a cer­e­mony which was of­fi­ci­ated by Fa­ther Ge­orge Ayl­ward, fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion at home.

That year Tommy Ed­wards was storm­ing the charts with his hit It’s All in the Game and Paul New­man and El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor smoul­dered in the big screen ver­sion of Ten­nessee Wil­liams’ play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Jim, orig­i­nally from the Gor­bals, worked as a car­pet crop­per be­fore be­com­ing a fore­man at Coat­bridge’s Cas­tle Ce­ment Works. The cou­ple moved to the town in 1970 and Jim re­mained at the ce­ment works un­til his re­tire­ment .

Ella, from Black­hill, be­gan her ca­reer as a book- binder be­fore tak­ing time out to have her fam­ily,

The happy cou­ple tied the knot on Oc­to­ber 31, 1958 and lat­terly worked as a car valeter un­til she re­tired.

The de­voted cou­ple have four sons ( James, Charles, Ger­ard and Martin), seven grand­chil­dren (Charles, An­gela, Paul, Kelly Anne, Sean, Sinead and Ryan) and nine great-grand­chil­dren (Hay­ley, Carly, Pey­ton, Erin, Caleb, So­phie, Holly, Rosie and Nathan).

The twin­kle-toed two­some have been pas­sion­ate about dancing since their teens and glided round the Bar­row­land Ballroom and Den­nis­toun Palais in Glas­gow.

Jim now en­joys watch­ing Celtic as well as play­ing snooker and com­plet­ing cross­words.

Ella never misses her favourite show, Strictly Come Dancing, and in her hey­day was her­self a keen jiver.

She is also a coun­try and western mu­sic fan and as­tounds her fam­ily with her ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of bands and artists as well as be­ing a great cook, with her mac­a­roni and cheese “adored” by all.

Jim and Ella are the “heart of the fam­ily” and have many happy mem­o­ries of fam­ily hol­i­days to Port Se­ton, Salt­coats and But­lins in Ayr; and to­gether they trav­elled to Europe for sun­shine and re­lax­ation.

The cou­ple have been avid Ad­ver­tiser read­ers for over 50 years and never miss an edi­tion, hav­ing won a host of com­pe­ti­tions over the years.

They said the se­cret to their bliss­ful mar­riage is “be­ing there and sup­port­ing each other through the good and the bad” and a “strong fam­ily bond”.

Daugh­ter- in- law Ca­role said: “Mum and dad are the heart of our fam­ily and loved by all.

“All age groups can pop round for a cuppa, a chat and a laugh any time. The younger ones adore Granny Ella’s mac­a­roni and cheese and chips.”

Jim and Ella marked their land­mark an­niver­sary at their Town­head home with a sparkling event sur­rounded by their fam­ily and friends.

Love­birds

Child­hood sweet­hearts Jim and Ella, pic­tured dur­ing a fam­ily hol­i­day, were in­tro­duced by her brother Peter after a foot­ball match

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