Hartlepool couple celebrate diamond wedding by helping cancer sufferers

Celebrating their diamond wedding on August 27th are Ted and Margaret Hornsey, of Hartfield Manor, Hartfields, Hartlepool.
Celebrating their diamond wedding on August 27th are Ted and Margaret Hornsey, of Hartfield Manor, Hartfields, Hartlepool.

A devoted couple celebrated 60 years of happy marriage by selflessly supporting cancer sufferers.

Miles and Margaret Hornsey held a party to mark their diamond wedding and they asked their guests to make a donation to Macmillan instead of giving them presents.

Although the final total has yet to be announced, the Hartlepool couple are hoping to have raised more than £200.

Miles, 81, and Margaret, 82, held the party in the restaurant at Hartfields where they are residents.

More than 70 people attended, including family and friends, for highlights including lots of “good music,” said Miles.

He added: “If people wished to, they could make a donation to the Macmillan nurses. We decided to support them because they are a really good cause. Many years ago, before they died, we had two friends who used them and both said that what fantastic work Macmillan did.”

Miles and Margaret, nee Lake, first met after Miles came out of the Royal Artillery 80th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment where he was a gunner. He began work as a bus driver for the Corporation in Hartlepool where Margaret worked as a conductress.

“I started going to the Corporation Club when it used to be in Church Street and we just got talking,” said Miles.

The couple married at Stockton Register Office on August 26 in 1955 and went on to have three children - Carol, Kevin and Tracy - as well as two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Miles eventually become a lorry driver while Margaret was a machine operator at GEC for 20 years. The secret to a happy marriage, Miles said, was “we stand by each other a lot.”

Hartlepool Macmillan official Derek Redman said: “It is great for them to support Macmillan and to think of us.

“It is people like them that help to keep Macmillan going.”

One-in-three people will get cancer and Macmillan is there to support sufferers and their families. It offers practical, medical and financial support and pushes for better cancer care.

Anyone wanting more information should contact 0300 1000 200.