Couple’s golden moment

John and Anne Hannon celebrated their golden wedding by taking a trip on a steam locomotive.
John and Anne Hannon celebrated their golden wedding by taking a trip on a steam locomotive.
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Devoted couple on the right track for golden wedding trip

ALL aboard!

Devoted Sheffield couple John and Anne Hannon marked half-a-century of marriage in style by harking back to the golden age of steam railways.

The pair, from Lodge Moor, were treated to a surprise trip on a specially-chartered locomotive to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary - taking the trip with more than 40 friends and family.

After boarding a coach at the Holiday Inn at Canklow, Rotherham, everyone was kept in the dark about their final destination.

John and Anne only discovered what had been planned when they arrived at Kingsley and Froghall Station in Staffordshire.

Guests enjoyed a three-course meal and champagne served in the dining car, as the train steamed along the picturesque Churnet Valley Railway pulled by a 1934 Great Western engine.

John, aged 72, and Anne, 69, tied the knot in December 1960 at St Aidan’s Church on Manor Lane, Sheffield.

The couple’s best man on the day, Colin Fowler, and their bridesmaid Margaret Dawson joined them for the golden wedding railway journey, organised by the Hannons’ son Rob and daughter Diane.

The trip had been planned to celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary last December but had to be called off because of heavy snow.