TWO former employees of the Pioneer have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
But the marriage of David and Beryl Wright almost didn't take place.
The Suez crisis was at its height when, only 48 hours before the planned ceremony at Christ Church, Mr Wright received orders to report the following day for Army service.
Frantic telephone calls to Western Command by the then-Pioneer editor Albert Thorneycraft secured a two-day deferment but a honeymoon in the Lake District was sacrificed.
Mr Wright became an apprentice printer with the Pioneer at the age of 15, only four days after leaving Grange School.
He remained with the company until 1973 when he started his own printing business based in Victoria Road.
Beryl, who worked under her maiden name of Taylor, started employment with the Pioneer in 1952 after leaving Wirral Grammar School for Girls.
After six months in the printing department she joined the editorial staff.
She left the Pioneer in 1989 and was then contracted as an area correspondent for the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo for three years.
The couple have four daughters, Anne Rogers, Elizabeth Riley, Gaynor Kenyon and Jeanette Starkey, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.