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Diamond celebrations for couple
9:00am Tuesday 24th April 2012 in News
THE Queen isn’t the only person hailing 60 successful years this year, as an Urmston couple recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
Beryl and Ian Haslam, of Flixton, tied the knot on March 22 1952, just weeks after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's reign began.
The pair met through Ian’s sister Marjorie after he commented he ‘thought Beryl was lovely’, and they haven’t looked back since.
Things could easily have gone differently for the Haslams after Ian offered to give shop worker Beryl a lift home on his tandem bicycle when they first met.
She accepted, however, engineer Ian ended up covered in oil after the chain came off due to Beryl free wheeling the tandem.
Undeterred, the couple went on their first official date to Urmston’s Empress Cinema - which closed down in 1958 and was demolished four years later.
The couple wed at St Michael’s Church before honeymooning in Anglesey. They had a daughter, Beverley, who gave the couple their grandchildren Rebecca and Dominic.
Ian worked at DC Thomson’s printers, producing copies of the Beano and Dandy whilr Beryl worked in Woolworths’ Urmston branch for more than 30 years.
So, what do the happy couple put the longevity of their marriage down to?
Beryl said: “We work well together and give and take.” Ian added: “We share and care.”
Now aged 83 and 84 respectively, Beryl and Ian had extra reason to celebrate their anniversary - the Queen sent them an anniversary card, and they both celebrated their birthday in the same week.
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