Diamond couple raise cash

Peggy and John Llewellyn with their Diamond wedding cards
Peggy and John Llewellyn with their Diamond wedding cards

DIAMONDS are forever – and so it seems is the marriage of John and Peggy Llewellyn.

The Hartlepool couple met at a dance back in the 50s, and have never looked back.

The pair were married at St Thomas More’s Church, in the town’s Easington Road on July 31, 1954.

And John, 85, a retired steel fixer, and housewife Peggy, 83, went on to have six children.

The lovebirds, of Truro Drive, in the Fens area of Hartlepool, have stuck together like glue over 60 years and are delighted to be celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary tomorrow.

But the much-loved couple held an early party last week, at which they showed their charitable side – they asked guests to donate money to the Hartlepool branch of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, instead of buying them gifts.

Altogether they managed to raise £755 for the cause which is close to their hearts as a family member suffers with the condition.

Today their proud daughter Margaret Rodgers said the whole family was delighted that such a grand sum was raised.

The 43-year-old from Bishop Cuthbert, in Hartlepool, said: “It was my mum and dad’s 60-year anniversary party at the weekend and they asked people to donate to the MS Society in Hartlepool, instead of buying gifts.

“They couldn’t believe it when they counted all the money out.

“We all couldn’t.”

She added: “It’s such a lovely way to celebrate their anniversary by donating all of this money to the Hartlepool branch of the MS Society.

“We all wanted it to go to the town branch because then it helps local people.”

Over 130 people went to John and Peggy’s party which was held at the Catholic Club, in Marlowe Road, in the Rift House area of Hartlepool, on Saturday afternoon.