Chain reaction led to 60 years of bliss

Winnie and John Brown celebrating their Diamond Wedding anniversary at their home in Loxley
Winnie and John Brown celebrating their Diamond Wedding anniversary at their home in Loxley
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CELEBRATIONS were in order for a Sheffield couple as they reached their diamond wedding following six decades of happy marriage.

Winnie and John Brown, from Loxley, tied the knot in 1951 at Christ Church in Attercliffe, and are still devoted to each other 60 years on.

The couple’s oldest daughter Carol, aged 57, said Winnie, 84, and John, 82, met at a local cycling club where they were both members.

“They cycled all over Derbyshire and used to park their bikes up for the weekend and go camping,” she said.

From 1941 to 1953 Winnie worked for the Gallons grocery shop chain in Sheffield, before taking up a job at SYD Cleaners on Langsett Road.

After having Carol she worked at Sheffield Royal Infirmary as a cleaner, and was then offered a role as domestic supervisor at Middlewood Hospital, where she stayed until retirement.

John completed his National Service in India and Egypt, and afterwards took a job at Tempered Spring in Attercliffe. He then spent 30 years working in the melting shop at Daniel Doncaster’s steelworks on Penistone Road.

The couple have another daughter, Susan, 51, as well as seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. They have moved around Sheffield, living in Walkley, Hackenthorpe and the Winn Gardens estate in Middlewood, before settling in Loxley.

“It’s a big house with a big garden, and there’s a beautiful field behind them with cows and animals,” Carol said. “They get lovely fresh air. They used to have a caravan at Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire too where they spent their holidays.”

Gardening and model railways were two of her dad’s big hobbies, Carol added.

“He’s got a train room in the outhouse with a model of the Flying Scotsman and all the track and tunnels laid out,” she said.

“He keeps going to the railway shop in town and buying bits and pieces. In the garden he’s got roses and all sorts of flowers.

“My mum doesn’t get out very much because of her arthritis, but she likes to go up to Hillsborough once a week to have a look round the shops, and a lot of her grandchildren come up and visit her.”

To celebrate their milestone anniversary the couple held a party at Hillsborough Arena.

“I think it’s marvellous that they’ve reached their diamond wedding,” Carol said.

“It’s nice for a couple to both still be living and reach that mark in life. My mum can’t believe it’s been 60 years.”

The Lord Mayor, Coun Sylvia Dunkley, also visited Winnie and John, and presented them with a glass vase - but Carol said her mum was less enthusiastic about their card from the Queen.

“She’s not a Royalist - she likes Prince Harry though,” Carol said. “She thinks he’s wonderful - she says he’s a lad after her own heart!”