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Sunderland couples celebrate their diamond weddings

Inseparable... Winnie Snaith, 90 and her husband Frank, 92, pictured during celebrations at Highcliffe Care Home to mark their 66th wedding anniversary.

Inseparable... Winnie Snaith, 90 and her husband Frank, 92, pictured during celebrations at Highcliffe Care Home to mark their 66th wedding anniversary.

 

MARRIAGE is still sweet for this couple after 66 years.

Winnie and Frank Snaith celebrated more than six decades of wedded bliss on Thursday.

The couple married in Southwick Methodist Church, in 1948, during a double wedding with Frank’s brother Jack married Winnie’s sister Ena.

The pair, who are parents to Ray, and grandparents to Robin, enjoyed a small tipple and some cake to toast their time together.

Winnie, 90, who worked in a confectionary shop in Hendon, and Frank, 93, who was a lorry driver after completing his national service, lived in Southwick and Gilley Law before moving to Hycliffe Care Home, Whitcurch Road, Witherwack.

Care home administrator Christine Spurs, who helped to throw a celebratory tea party for the couple, said it was a special day.

“They are a very loving couple,” she said. “Frank was always the life and soul of their parties and family occasions.

“And they are very, very family orientated, so we celebrated as they would have at home, with a buffet and cake and flowers.

“It was nice to be able to bring that into the care home.”

Diamond couple Ray and Emily Ferguson, 80, of Town End Farm, have celebrated six decades together.

The pair, who have one son, Ray, 55, three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, married in St Benets RC Church, Fulwell, on March 6, 1954.

Ray worked as a miner at Wearmouth Colliery for 25 years, then at Hepworth and Grandage, where he met Emily, who worked there for 26 years.

On their diamond wedding anniversary, the die hard SAFC fans enjoyed a family get-together, and VIP treatment while watching the Black Cats play in the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley, at the Roker Hotel.

Ray, a builder, also from Town End Farm, is also planning to treat his parents to a holiday in Scotland.

“They’ve been married for 60 years so that obviously shows how much they love each other,” he said.

“They have old fashioned values, and my dad still wears the trousers – but in a nice way.

“They used to love going to Benidorm, but we’ve booked them a little holiday in Britain. It was supposed to be a surprise, but we had to tell them in case they booked anything else.

He added: “It’s like my dad says, there’s never a cross word between them, apart from when they are together.”

 

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