The Hardgate couple celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

A HARDGATE couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary alongside their bridesmaids at their wedding 60 years ago.

Helen and John Atkin were joined by their beloved friends Terry O’Neill and Margaret Clark at a celebration at their home on Cochno Road last Thursday (March 31).

The couple grew up in Yoker, even attending the same elementary school, but didn’t meet until their late teens.

Helen was a shorthand typist with Clyde Blowers, living in Faifley, and John was a sheet metal worker at John Browns shipyard, staying in Linnvale, when they met at a dance hall in Glasgow.

The couple began dating and later married at Duntocher Trinity Church.

After getting married, Helen and John moved to Old Kilpatrick where they welcomed two children, Alan and Heather.

Alan has since sadly passed away, but is survived by his children Julie and John.

The couple began working together, running a glazing business for several years.

In their spare time, the family took road trips across Europe, including visiting destinations such as France and Italy.

Helen told the Post that she and John have always enjoyed travelling, something they continue to enjoy in retirement after recently returning from a six-week trip to Tenerife to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Atkins love to travel

The couple honeymooned in Bray, southern Ireland, and have visited many countries over the years. Helen said the list was “as long as her arm”.

To celebrate their special anniversary, the couple set off again, this time to London for a few days to see a show and sample some of the city’s restaurants.

John and Heather hosted the celebrations last week, including a card from the Queen and bringing the family together.

Helen said she “had no idea” and was overcome with surprise.

She said: “Oh my God, it was amazing, I was overwhelmed.

“John knew about it, he and Heather organized it. I got the big shock.

“Normally I would have been up at six in the morning trying to organize everything, so that was really nice.”

The couple were joined by their grandchildren, Julie, John, Rebecca and Lewis as well as their great-grandchildren Luke and Skye.

They were also visited by Deputy Lord Provost Karen Conaghan and Deputy Lieutenant Mike Edwards to mark this incredible milestone.

Everyone at the Post wishes Helen and John a very happy diamond anniversary.

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