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Catherine can wear her locket of love again.


A 60th wedding anniversary was made extra special with not only a message from the Queen but also with a remembrance from more than six decades ago.

Norman and Catherine Duff, fom Johnstone, enjoyed a family gathering to celebrate their happy occasion.

However, it also gave Norman the chance to present his wife with a new-look locket he first bought her when they were courting.

"I'm partially sighted, so in recent years I wasn't able to put it on because it had a small chain," Catherine said.

"But my husband got a new bigger chain put on at a jewellers and now I'm able to wear it."

The lovely gold locket features individual pictures of the couple on either side of it.

Both born in Glasgow, the couple who are each 83, came to live in Johnstone many years ago when Norman got a job at the former car plant Chrysler in Paisley's Linwood Road.

Catherine worked in the hairdressers of he former Lewis's store in Glasgow's Argyle Street.

The couple, who have two children and four grandchildren, were joined by family at the Masonic Hall in Johnstone for their Diamond wedding anniversary celebrations.

"It wasn't a party, it was was a chance for everyone to get together and see each other and enjoy chatting,"Catherine said.

Norman and Catherine were delighted their best man and maid of honour were also at the party. The couple were thrilled to get a greeting from the Queen in the form of a card with a picture of Her Majesty on the front.

The Queen signed the message in her own hand and wrote: "I am so pleased that you are celebrating your Diamond wedding anniversary...I send my congratulations and best wishes on such a special occasion."

She added that she and her husband had enjoyed a very happy marriage where she put this down to taking care of each other.

"Be good to each other, love each other," she said.


Love birds Catherine can now wear her locket again while she shows off her card from the Queen with husband Norman, inset

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Jul 11, 2019
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