Diamond day for Jack and Lily

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

A COU­PLE have cel­e­brated 60 years of mar­ried life to­gether sur­rounded by their friends and fam­ily.

Jack and Lily Ma­son cel­e­brated their Diamond wed­ding an­niver­sary with a fam­ily meal at the Sparth House Ho­tel in Clay­ton-leMoors and re­ceived a card from the Queen to mark the oc­ca­sion of their spe­cial day.

The cou­ple, who have lived at Milnshaw Gar­dens in Ac­cring­ton for the last 11 years, first met in 1950 when Jack winked at Lily on her way to work at War­bur­tons Mill on Vic­to­ria Street in Ac­cring­ton.

Lily was 16 when they started court­ing and Jack had just come out of the army af­ter com­plet­ing his na­tional ser­vice in the Royal Engi­neers in the Mid­dle East.

The cou­ple were mar­ried at St Anne’s Church on Cob­ham Road in Ac­cring­ton on July 16, 1955 and held their re­cep­tion at the Co-Op Rooms in Oak Street be­fore en­joy­ing a hon­ey­moon in Bournemouth.

Jack, 85, was a builder by trade and worked un­til he re­tired at the age of 64 to have a dou­ble heart by­pass.

Lily, 80, had var­i­ous jobs in­clud­ing a role as a nurs­ing aux­il­iary role at Rough Lee Ma­ter­nity Home, un­til she gave up work to look af­ter her first grand­child, even­tu­ally look­ing af­ter all five of her grand­chil­dren, of which she loved ev­ery minute.

Jack played football in his younger days and was a keen snooker player for the Po­plar WMC and later played crown green bowls for Gatty Park Bowl­ing Club in Ac­cring­ton.

Lily and Jack have three chil­dren, Jac­que­line Kirkham, Gil­lian Bond and Mark Ma­son, son in laws David and Stu­art, five grand­chil­dren Neil, Jen­nifer, Lynsey, Adrian and Mar­cus and three great grand­chil­dren Lu­cie, Joseph and Lois.

They have en­joyed many hol­i­days abroad in­clud­ing Canada, Amer­ica and vis­it­ing their niece and her fam­ily in Tossa-de-Mar, Spain regularly.

They cel­e­brated their an­niver­sary with a party buf­fet for friends and neigh­bours of Milnshaw Gar­dens on the Fri­day and en­joyed a lovely meal with their fam­ily at The Sparth House Ho­tel on the Sun­day.

They would like to thank their fam­ily and friends for all the lovely cards, gifts and do­na­tions to Macmil­lan Can­cer Nurses they re­ceived.

The cou­ple even of­fered their ad­vice for a long and happy mar­riage. They said: “Ev­ery­one has their ups and downs but you just need to give and take”.

Jack and Lily Ma­son and, inset, on their wed­ding day

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