THE Queen may be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this year but a Cheshire family has a double diamond delight this year.
Ted and Tessa Wright celebrated 60 years of marriage together with friends and family at the Freemasons Hall in Christleton on Saturday.
Guests at the luncheon were Ted’s sister Hazel, and her husband David, who will celebrate their diamond anniversary next month.
Both couples come from farming stock and Ted and Tessa, (née Gleave) were married on April 19, 1952, at Ashton Hayes Church.
The couple have two children, Philip and Theresa, and four grandchildren and are now semi-retired from farming at Stonehouse Farm in Mouldsworth and Grange Farm in Little Barrow. Ted was a champion tractor ploughman and won the Cheshire championships three years in a row. His secret to a long and happy marriage is ‘hard work and play’.
Hazel met her husband David when he came to Stonehouse farm to see a horse.
The pair were married at the same church on May 24, 1952, and also have two children and four grandchildren. David and Hazel are also semi-retired from a life farming fruit at The Orchards in Kelsall and Bellevue Farm in Guilden Sutton.
Horses played an important role in both couple’s lives and they have enjoyed showjumping and hunting.
David’s advice for a happy marriage is ‘tolerance and respect for one another’.
Guests at Ted and Tessa’s luncheon celebration raised £550 for Help for Heroes in memory of their grandson Lance Corporal Ben Watley, of Norfolk, who was killed in Afghanistan on Christmas Eve 2010.