Devoted couple celebrate 75 years of wedded bliss

James and Iris Rudge with a message of congratulations from the Queen. Photo: Emma Mitchell
James and Iris Rudge with a message of congratulations from the Queen. Photo: Emma Mitchell

A couple from Kirkintilloch are celebrating after clocking up an incredible three 
quarters of a century of 
married bliss.

James and Iris Rudge 
marked their 75th wedding anniversary in style, bringing 
together four generations of their family for a special party.

James, a resident at 
Campsie View Care Home in Kirkintilloch, also marked another milestone when he 
celebrated his 100th birthday last month.

Iris (96) and James, who 
are both originally from Springburn, met and married during the dark days of the Second World War.

James was in the Royal Air Force and was allowed just four days leave from active service for his wedding.

The happy couple exchanged their vows at St James Episcopal Church in Springburn on August 30, 1941.

Two ministers were present at the wedding and Iris wore a simple white lace dress.

A member of staff at Campsie View Care Home where the party took place last week, said: “James and Iris had their wedding reception in the house of Iris’s mum, who was a baker. They then 
honeymooned for two days in Dunoon.”

She added: “Iris is still living at home in Kirkintilloch while James is a resident at Campsie View Care Home,”

The couple settled in 
Balornock after they wed before moving to Kirkintilloch.

They have two daughters Eileen and Iris, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Last week’s party took place in the local care home with friends and family 
attending.

The staff member said: “It was such a pleasure to take part in such a wonderful 
occasion.

“Everyone had a great time. Part of the entertainment included a fabulous singer who sang lots of songs from the era of the wedding.

“All of us at the care home wish James and Iris a very very happy 75th wedding anniversary.”