One of East Dunbartonshire’s best liked yet most unassuming couples celebrated their Diamond Anniversary in style this month.
John and Tilly McClure met at a danc e venue in Glasgow, and were married at Kilbowie Parish Church in Clydebank – but while John’s professional life took them on stints to Chester and Newcastle they have spent much of their married life in and around Lenzie, Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs.
John, who finally retired in the 1980s, was assistant head postmaster for Glasgow (and was to hold an equivalent position down south).
John, who is now 90, worked for the Post Office for 47 years, and has the remarkable distinction of never having been absent for even a single day during that time.
He received a medal for his distinguished service in the Post Office.
Tilly’s major interests have included golf, and she was ladies’ captain at Crowwood. Pursuits as varied as bridge, badminton and tennis have also figured in her leisure hours.
But she sums up the last six decades by commenting: “I really don’t know where the last 60 years have gone.
“It has always been very busy with friends and family.”
The couple’s son Iain, who now lives in Holland, was able to attend a special celebration for his mum and dad together with their daughter-in-law Anita.
They were joined by many relatives from all over Great Britai, and by both East Dunbartonshire Provost Una Walker and – as official representative of the Queen – Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mark Johnston.
Mrs McClure was delighted to receive a beautiful bouquet and crystal bowl to mark the occasion, and described the day, together with the kind words spoken about her and John, as “one of the most memorable I can remember.”
Now it’s understood the couple aim to pay a visit to son Iain’s adopted home in Holland some time before the end of the year.