Golden gesture by couple on their 50th wedding anniversary

Margaret and Peter Stout celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary

Margaret and Peter Stout celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary

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THIS couple created a golden memory when they forfeited anniversary presents in aid of charity.

Margaret and Peter Stout threw a party to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

But instead of expecting gifts, they asked family and friends to donate to Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Their selfless gesture raised £385 for the cause.

It was a poignant charity choice for Peter, 71, who was a miner at Easington pit for 35 years, and Margaret, 69, who worked for Easington’s Sparks bakery and then the village’s Burdiss bakery.

This is because Peter’s twin brother Chris died on the couple’s wedding anniversary last year after battling throat cancer.

Around 50 relatives and friends, plus young family members, packed into Horden Conservative Club in their home village for their party.

Margaret, who is mum to Jacqui Longstaff and Reece Stout, and a grandmother-of-three and great-grandmother-of-three, said: “I was over the moon with the amount raised. We just left it up to everyone to put in the collection what they wanted.

“They put it in cards, I didn’t want presents. When you get to my age you don’t want presents.

“I just want to thank all the family, and our friends, for being so generous.”

Liz Airey, Macmillan’s fundraising manager in Hartlepool, said: “It’s very generous of Mr and Mrs Stout to support Macmillan, thank you to all involved.

“Macmillan relies on donations to fund our services, which provide practical, medical and financial support for people affected by cancer. We want to make sure no one faces cancer alone.”