A FAMILY made a round-the-world trip to celebrate their parents 70th wedding anniversary.
Les Young, 93, and wife Margaret, 89, gathered at The Royal British Legion, Silksworth, with relatives who travelled from as far as Australia to toast their platinum wedding anniversary with an afternoon tea.
The couple got married at St Mary’s Church in South Hylton in a double wedding with the Margaret’s sister, the late Jean, and her husband Bill Amour, who has also died.
The Youngs have four sons: Alan, 68, Mike, 64, Douglas, 62, and Colin, 50.
Mike, who made the visit with his wife Helena, 60, and two daughters, from Sydney, said the family had looked forward to marking the occasion.
“It was nice to see my parents who I haven’t see for a year,” said Mike, who has visited Sunderland around 40 times since emigrating to Australia in 1974.
“This was a huge occasion for them – to be celebrating 70 years of marriage.”
Les, who was longest-serving poppy seller in Sunderland before retiring from charity work in 2008, and Margaret now live in extra care housing at Beckwith Mews, Silksworth.
“My dad is suffering from old age,” said Mike, whose parents lived in Australia with him for six months every two years until 2006.
“He was walking around fine just last year, but he has deteriorated.
“My mum’s health is better. She has never taken a tablet in her life, and she walks a lot.
“Mentally, she is totally switched on.”
“There were about 50 guests there,” said Mike.
“Unfortunately, most of my parents’ friends aren’t around anymore, but there were a couple of my mum’s friends there.” The biggest gift for them was having all the family there together.”
“When you get to their age, they would rather have you than a present.”
Colin, who emigrated to Australia last year, made the trip with wife Rachel, 30, and Douglas travelled from Scarborough in North Yorkshire to attend.
Alan, who lives in New Zealand and is retired, did not make the celebration at the weekend.