Fifty years to the day since they tied the knot, Bute couple Danny and Rosemary Bowie returned to the scene of their wedding reception on Friday to mark 50 years of happy marriage.
And Danny and Rosemary were joined at the Victoria Hotel in Rothesay by a surprise guest at the family gathering, in the form of their grandson Robert Murray, who left Bute two years ago to live and work in Australia and came back for the occasion without telling anyone of his plans.
The couple were married by the Rev John Bell at St John’s Church in the town on December 6, 1963, having met at a dance in the Royal Hotel organised by the island’s amateur football team, Rothesay Brandane AFC, for whom Danny played for many years.
In addition to Robert’s surprise appearance, Friday’s celebration was also attended by the Bowies’ daughter Diane Murray and her husband Robert, as well as the Murrays’ other two children, Marina and Marcia, Rosemary’s sister Anne and Robert and Marina’s partners, Jess Pascoe and Thomas McCready.
Completing the picture was Argyll and Bute councillor Robert Macintyre, who presented the happy couple with a bouquet of flowers, the local authority’s traditional gift to Bute couples celebrating their golden wedding anniversaries.