Piece of wedding cake anyone? It’s only 50 years old...

Gordon and Audrey Renton of Fulwell Road, Sunderland, with their slice of wedding cake still in its box dated 23 June 1962...

Gordon and Audrey Renton of Fulwell Road, Sunderland, with their slice of wedding cake still in its box dated 23 June 1962...

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GOLDEN couple Gordon and Audrey Renton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their final slice of wedding cake.

Fruit cake is said to taste best when left to mature, but this pair have waited half a century to open the last piece of cake from their big day.

Photograph of Gordon and Audrey Renton on their wedding day - picture copied from their wedding album...

Photograph of Gordon and Audrey Renton on their wedding day - picture copied from their wedding album...

As newly-weds, Gordon and Audrey decided to keep the confectionery as a memento of their wedding after tying the knot at the former Park Road Church, which used to stand opposite Mowbray Park.

Gordon, 84, and Audrey, 77, opted to keep a slice from the bottom tier of their cake in a box.

Now, in celebration of their golden anniversary, the couple finally opened the box.

Gordon, of Fulwell, said: “It’s been a long marriage but we’ve had a very happy time and have a lot of good memories. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

“We had a huge four-tier wedding cake and I don’t know where the rest of it went, but every guest had a piece on the day and there was part of the bottom left.

“We thought we’d keep it in a box and if we were still around we’d open it on a special anniversary.

“In those days it was tradition to keep part of your wedding cake for your first anniversary but we decided we were going to keep it for our 25th.

“That came and we decided not to, so it has been in that box for 50 years. It’s quite hard and we expected it to be dusty but it’s not. All of the sap has seeped out on to the paper and I think it would leave you feeling a bit peaky, but it’s a nice memory.”

The couple have three daughters, Anne, Sheena and Fiona, and six grandchildrem aged eight to 18, who helped organise a special celebration to mark the landmark occasion, including a night in a hotel.

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