Happy: Diamond pair still have real chemistry after all these years
1:44pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
THEY first crossed paths working at a chemist — and it turned out to be a prescription for a long and happy marriage.
Devoted Harry and Hilda Creegan, of Birkinbrook Close, Whitefield, marked their diamond wedding anniversary with a get-together for family and friends And rather than wanting gifts, the couple asked guests at the St Michael’s Church Hall party to donate money to Francis House Children’s Hospice instead and they raised £600.
As youngsters in 1950, the pair worked at Woolies Chemist in Manchester as dispensers and, after a few weeks, the couple went to the cinema after work.
They married three years later, on September 5, at St Thomas’s Church in Pendleton.
“I was in a whirl all day,” said Hilda, “It was a lovely day and the sun was shining. We had our reception at the Langworthy Hotel, and went on honeymoon in Llandudno, which was very nice.”
Hilda, aged 80, continued working at the chemist until she fell pregnant with their daughter, Eleanor, who is now aged 56.
She later worked as a home help for Manchester City Council, an admin worker at Kendal’s in Manchester, and for James Halstead flooring contractors in Radcliffe, before retiring aged 60.
Meanwhile Harry, aged 83, had began a 25-year stint as a quality control officer with the Ministry of Defence.
He later worked as a magistrate court usher, a council rent collector and a caretaker at Our Lady of Grace RC Primary School in Prestwich.
The couple regularly attend a Monday Club at St Michael’s, a tea dance at the Longfield Suite, and a dance event at the Carlton Club in Prestwich.
Hilda, the grandmother of Mark, aged 37, and great grandmother of Kyle, aged 17 and Scott, aged 21, added: “We like to keep active and have a lot of good company around us. We still enjoy going out and gardening.”
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