Couple celebrate diamond success

Diamond wedding couple Margaret and Alan Rawnsley.

Diamond wedding couple Margaret and Alan Rawnsley.

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On the first day of spring in 1953 a loving couple said I do.

Sixty years later, Alan, 83 and Margaret Rawnsley, 79 both of Court Lane, Halifax, celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

After meeting at a Pellon methodist church event in January 1949 when Alan, aged 22, was on compassionate leave from the army, the couple communicated through letters until Alan returned from Egypt in June that year.

Absence made the heart grow fonder and the couple got wed March 21 of the coronation year.

Maragaret said: “We married at the church we first met.

“It was a day I can remember like yesterday. It certainly was a white wedding as like today, the streets were thick with snow.”

Their wedding reception, filled with friends and family was held at the church they wed in. Mr Rawnsley said: “They didn’t have dos like they have today - people just couldn’t afford it.”

The couple honeymooned by the seaside in Bridlington.

Margaret said: “It’s quite an achievement. But marriage is supposed to be a once-only event. A successful companionship is about giving and taking.”

Her husband said: “I don’t think people try hard enough these days; if they fall out then that’s it. People seem to want everything, instantly.”

The couple who have lived in their home since 1976 have two sons, Andrew and David.

Later in the year there will be further family celebrations when son David, 51 marries fiance Jackie later this year.

The couple took Alan and Margaret to London where they saw the longest running show - Mousetrap - also celebrating its 60th year.

Alan, a former caretaker of St Augustines school, Halifax, and Margaret - a former employee of Makintosh confectionery will also celebrate with friends at Pellon Club - playing cards and catching up.

Alan said: “We might even crack the champagne.”