Diamond celebration tinged with sadness

Ernest and Thelma Hague celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary
Ernest and Thelma Hague celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary
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A COUPLE who tied the knot in a double nuptials 60 years ago have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary – for the first time without the other groom from their big day.

Ernest and Thelma Hague are celebrating their milestone by seeing family and friends this weekend.

Sadly, it will be the first time they have had to mark a landmark anniversary without Ernest’s brother George, who married wife Eileen on the same day - March 15, 1952 - as he died six years ago.

Widow Eileen, aged 87, of South View Road, Sharrow, said: “It will be strange to have such a big anniversary without him.

“It’s sad, but these things happen, there is nothing you can do.

“I’m going to see Ernest and Thelma then we are going out for a meal.

“Over the years we’ve had a lot of celebrations together.

“Originally, we were getting married on different dates in March, but then we thought it was too much for one family to have two weddings so close together and changed it.”

The two sets of sweethearts said ‘I do’ side by side on their extra big day at St George’s Church, Sheffield city centre, and have celebrated their anniversaries together on most years.

Ernest, 83, of Edwin Road, Heeley, said: “We were both thinking of getting married at about the same time, so George said what about having a double wedding?

“At that time it was a big do to have 150 guests like we did and we thought the finances would be better too.

“It was a great day.

“We didn’t have a honeymoon as in those days you got married on the Saturday and went back to work Monday.”

After the double wedding, Ernest and Thelma, 80, who met through his sister, emigrated to Canada.

They came back and had two children, working as a heating engineer and cutlery case liner respectively.

They now have three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

George and Eileen stayed in Sheffield to work and enjoyed going out together. They have two sons, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Ernest said: “We’ve always said the secret to a happy marriage is agreeing with each other and not arguing.”

Eileen said: “There’s understanding and give and take, lots of different things.”

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