The couple looking forward to their 50th anniversary after celebrating their 60th 

Diamond Wedding Anniversary couple William and Elizabeth Bissett can look forward to celebrating a 50th anniversary once their 60th celebrations are over. 

Next year will mark half a century since the couple moved into their East Kilbride home in 1970. 

 Deputy Lieutenant Clare Gallacher DL and Provost Iain McAllan  called in at their home on the day of the couple’s Diamond Wedding Anniversary to help them celebrate 60 years of married life. 

Provost McAllan said: “I was delighted to be able to visit William and Elizabeth on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary to pass on the congratulations and good wishes of the people of South Lanarkshire. 

“It was lovely to hear about the great life they have enjoyed together and they have made a real and lasting contribution to the community in East Kilbride since choosing to make the new town their home.”   

Although they have made their life together in East Kilbride it is not where either William or Elizabeth started out. 

William was born in Kildary in Ross-Shire in 1937 and moved south to Ayrshire to live with his grandparents during the war, later attending East Kilbride Primary and Strathaven Academy. 

Elizabeth was born in Bellshill and raised in Tollcross attending Wellshot Primary and Eastbank Academy.  

William and Elizabeth first met in East Kilbride where they enjoyed socialising with friends, regular haunts included the Grand Café on Old Coach Road and the café in Graham Avenue, East Kilbride they also enjoyed social nights in the old Town Hall in East Kilbride. 

Cinema trips to Rutherglen and Glasgow were also a popular pastime with outings at least twice a week.   

Married life saw trips further afield with regular holiday destinations including Jersey, Tenerife, Mallorca, Corfu and, on one occasion, Las Vegas.  


William and Elizabeth have both enjoyed an active lifestyle he played football, boxing and also enjoyed running and darts for many years while Elizabeth likes to dance and goes Jiving or Scottish Country Dancing three times a week. 


When the couple married on 19th December 1959 “What Do you want to make those eyes at me for” by Emily Ford and the Checkmates was vying with Adam Faith’s “What do you want?” to be the Christmas Number One (Emily Ford won out). 

William worked as a lorry driver while for 30 years Elizabeth worked on the East Kilbride Co-Op cash desk before a second career in local government that lasted 27 years. 

For many years Elizabeth was chair of the East Kilbride History Society. 




Posted by Gavin Whitefield