Golden anniversary of a marriage made in Rothesay

On the 50th anniversary of their marriage on Bute, Bill and Anne returned to the Pavilion where they first met.
On the 50th anniversary of their marriage on Bute, Bill and Anne returned to the Pavilion where they first met.

A couple that married on Bute 50 years ago have made a pilgrimage from England this week to mark their golden anniversary.

Bill and Anne Moss (nee Orr) met in Rothesay in 1965 when Bill, who served in the Royal Navy, was stationed at Faslane testing radar equipment.

A picture from Anne and Bill's wedding day, June 24 in 1967.

A picture from Anne and Bill's wedding day, June 24 in 1967.

When he and his fellow sailors went into Rothesay to sample the nightlife, they heard of a dance at the Pavilion and decided to go along.

There he met Anne, who worked for the district council at the time, and the two hit it off.

They eventually married on Bute on June 24, 1967, and a picture from the day was carried in the Buteman dated June 30, a copy of which the couple still have.

The two travelled up to Rothesay from their home in Fareham last weekend with their daughter Nicola, son-in-law Adrian and grandsons Sam and Joe to commemorate the occasion with a meal in Rothesay and a trip to the Pavilion, the site of their first meeting.

Bill and Anne's daughter Nicola baked a cake for the occasion in the shape of the Pavilion.

Bill and Anne's daughter Nicola baked a cake for the occasion in the shape of the Pavilion.

They joked that they weren’t sure whether they or the Pavilion, which is in the middle of a refurbishment project, had weathered the 50 years better.

Bill told the Buteman: “We’ve been planning to do this for a long time, but it has been an emotional occasion all the same.

“There’s lots of happy memories associated with this place.”