A YOUNG Irish weaver struggled to get a job when he moved to Frodsham in search of work – but he found the love of his life.
Devoted couple, Jim and Marjorie Maguire, had their love to keep them warm as they trudged through deep snow to get to the church on time when they married during the Big Freeze of January 1963.
And 50 years after tying the knot at the old St Luke’s Church – now the PO sorting office– the pair enjoyed the warm company of family and friends who celebrated their golden wedding last week at an anniversary dinner at Frodsham’s Helter Skelter restaurant.
Marjorie, 70, met Jim, how 73, when he left his hometown of Lisburn in Northern Ireland and came to Frodsham looking for work.
“He was lodging with my neighbours in Bridge Lane and my brother asked him over to our house to listen to records. We got on right from the start, we just found it really easy to talk to one another,” said Marjorie.
“It was difficult to find work so Jim went back to Ireland, but he was only there for three weeks before coming back. That was when he realised we wanted to be together.”
The couple set up their first home in Albert Row in Frodsham, and lived in various parts of the town before moving to their current home in Ship Street.
Jim, who once worked for BMK carpets, has also worked at Ashworth’s Mill in Bridge Lane, and the local gelatine factory.
Marjorie worked at the former bra factory in Frodsham and was a cleaner/careworker at Newton Hall Children’s Home for 18 years before it closed in 1985. She later worked as housekeeper at the former Knoll Surgery.
The retired couple’s shared love of travelling takes them on regular holidays abroad and they continue to enjoy family life with son, Geoffrey, daughter, Jacqueline, and their four grandchildren, who also live in Frodsham.
Reflecting on their 50 years together, Jim said: “Marjorie is the best woman in the world.
“We’ve had our ups and downs – and if anyone says they’ve never had a row, there’s something wrong.”