Couple who overcame early tragedy celebrate golden wedding

This Is Lancashire: Bill and Gloria Spragg are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary Bill and Gloria Spragg are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary

BILL and Gloria Spragg are set to celebrate golden wedding — after overcoming tragedy early in their marriage.

The couple lost their youngest son Richard in the early 1970s, when he was just five, after he drowned in a nearby lake after an accident with friends.

They still have a school picture of Richard on their mantelpiece — but time and their now very large family have helped them move on.

The pair will mark 50 years of marriage with their five children, 22 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren to-morrow.

They both lived on Mobley Road in Breightmet and first met when they were just 14.

Mrs Spragg, aged 69, said: “We went to the same school and I became a friend of his sister, just so I could see more of him.

“Neither us grew up there. I was from Deane and he was from Halliwell but fate had it that we both ended up in Breightmet.”

Mr Spragg, aged 70, a retired builder, said: “It was not a lavish wedding as we didn’t have much money, as many people didn’t then. It was at the registry office in Mawdsley Street, and I remember we all went down on the bus, and then went to the Ancient Shepherd pub.

“We then went to our new house for a bit of food.

“Looking back now it seems amazing that even my suit had a little cigarette burn in it, as I’d had to wear it to another wedding a couple of days before.”

December is a busy month for Mr and Mrs Spragg, with several of their grandchildren having birthdays, as well as their wedding anniversary and Christmas.

A seventh great-grandchild is also not far away, with their eldest son Ian’s daughter Stacie due to give birth in January.

The couple will have a party at Heaton Cricket Club, hosted by their children, Ian, William, Pauline, Shirilee and April.

Mrs Spragg added: “I suppose our biggest achievement is still being together after all this time.”

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8:57am Sun 22 Dec 13

Donkey Stone says...

A local paper would know it is Mobberley rd. Congratulaions to Mr & Mrs Spragg.
A local paper would know it is Mobberley rd. Congratulaions to Mr & Mrs Spragg. Donkey Stone

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