A couple who met at a Sheffield church celebrated 60 years of marriage on August 1.
The family of Audrey and David Hughes came together to share the special day at their eldest daughter Sally-Ann’s home in Stocksbridge on Saturday.
Both Sheffield people, the Hughes, of Strelley Avenue, Beauchief, met at Handsworth Methodist Church and went on to marry at St Aidan’s Church in the city.
Mr Hughes, a keen cricketer who played for Shiregreen club, worked as an accountant and is treasurer of Sheffield United Senior Blades. Now 82, he was also treasurer of the Sheffield Junior Chamber of Commerce and secretary of Chesterfield Cricket League for 23 years.
Mrs Hughes, 80, had a varied career working mainly as a shorthand typist and telephonist, while being very family orientated. She said: “We have always been a very close couple who enjoy spending time together. I am not very mobile now but David helps me a great deal.
“We have had our ups and downs, and not many grandparents have been through the loss of two grandchildren as we have, but we could not wish for three more wonderful children and family.”
The couple have two daughters, Sally-Ann and Jane, and a son Geoffrey. They have seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren with a fourth on the way. Sadly they lost one much loved granddaughter aged seven, to cancer, and another at the age of 23 after she was involved in a tragic accident.
Their diamond day will be followed by a trip to London and a tour around Buckingham Palace next week, with their daughters.