Sheildhill couple toast 60 years together

Jessie and Bill McMurdo are celebrating 60 years together
Jessie and Bill McMurdo are celebrating 60 years together
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A card from Her Majesty 
the Queen was a fitting gift for a Shieldhill couple’s 
diamond wedding anniversary.

Jessie and William McMurdo began their long life together after getting chatting at a 
coronation party in 1953.

Both originally from Carntyne, Jessie Street first met Bill through the church and was friendly with his sister.

But it was not until his family hosted a royal party that they really hit it off.

The couple married on April 24, 1954, at South 
Carntyne Church.

They welcomed daughters Janice and Wilma before moving to Caldercruix where their third daughter Marjory was born.

Jessie ran a small paper shop as Bill worked as a 
painter and decorator.

They moved to Falkirk in the 1970s after Jessie started working as a nurse at Falkirk Infirmary.

Bill began working for the Scottish Prison Service, teaching young offenders at 
Polmont how to paint.

He said: “I enjoyed it, and they loved being outside.

“It was a good job, but I did come across a few characters.”

Jessie (81) retired as a ward sister from Falkirk Infirmary at 63, and Bill, now 83, retired from the prison service at 65.

In retirement, Jessie spent six years helping at the Stroke Club in Grangemouth, while Bill was a member of 
Laurieston Bowling Club.

The couple celebrated the sparkling occasion with family including their six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Jessie said: “We’ve had our ups and downs over the years, but we’ve always come through it.

“The time really has flown by. All of it seems like just