Tandem couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary

Old romantics: Cyril and Joan Dack at their Brightside home.

Old romantics: Cyril and Joan Dack at their Brightside home.

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THEY once cycled 106 miles to Morecambe on a bicycle made for two...

Now this tandem twosome are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary, after 60 years of pedalling away down the road of life together.

Diamond couple: Cyril & Joan Dack on their 1951 wedding day.

Diamond couple: Cyril & Joan Dack on their 1951 wedding day.

Cyril and Joan Dack are both regulars at the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind’s centre in Mappin Street, so the charity was the obvious place to hold a party to celebrate their milestone.

Friends from the centre, plus staff and volunteers, toasted the happy couple with a party which included confetti, cards, gifts, and a meal of their favourite dish, gammon and chips - which Joan said was ‘such a nice surprise’.

“We were only expecting a few slices of cake!” she laughed.

The pair grew up in Pitsmoor, within five minutes’ walk of one another, but didn’t meet until they both began attending the same chapel.

Over the years their common interests of music and country days out - including one family holiday which saw them ride all the way to Morecambe on a tandem bike - have kept them busy.

Now retired joiner Cyril, 83, and former secretary Joan, 82, from Brightside, Sheffield, enjoy taking part in the activities on offer at the SRSB.

Sharing the secret of a happy marriage, Cyril said: “Friendship, that’s the main thing. If you haven’t got that you lose everything.

“Joan is my soul mate... and I always let her have her own way!”

Sue Coggin, centre fundraising manager, said: “We were so pleased when Cyril and Joan asked if they could share their day with us.

“It was so romantic - Cyril even stood up and sang a love song to Joan! They are a very special couple and it brought a tear to the eye.”

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