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Diamond couple from Sale look forward to celebration party
9:00am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
GRAHAM and Joyce Heaton, who have lived in Kenilworth Road, Sale, since 1988, spent a quiet diamond wedding together on August 8.
The big celebration, an Old Tyme dance party at St. Mary’s Church Hall in mid September, has yet to come.
Graham’s brother, Bob, who was best man, will be there.
The couple hope their sons, John, a consultant solicitor, David, a QC and recorder and Julian, the Rural Dean of Bowdon, and their nine grandchildren, will entertain guests.
The pair were just 14 when they met at the Union Church, Edge Lane, Stretford in 1945.
The church was packed for their wedding, eight years later. The two bridesmaids wore yellow moiré taffeta dresses with matching hats bought in a sale three weeks before the wedding.
The reception was at Stretford Public Hall.
At first, while Graham was studying for his Ph.d, they ‘lived on a pittance’.
Graham became a lecturer in chemistry at UMIST and Joyce, head of art at Altrincham Girls Grammar School.
Now, as well as minding grandchildren, Joyce, assisted by Graham, gives talks about the history of costume in aid of Save the Children and hopes party guests will donate to that cause in lieu of gifts.
She said: “I have spent my life with children and wanted to give something back.”
Joyce still teaches art at the Tuesday evening meetings of Ashton-on-Mersey Society of Artists at St Martin’s Church Hall.
What is their recipe for success? Graham said: “We learn from one another.”
Joyce added: “Never being afraid of saying we love each other.”
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