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Blind date leads to diamond day

SOLIHULL sweethearts and scout leaders Ken and Margaret Hughes celebrated 60 years of marriage yesterday.

SOLIHULL sweethearts and scout leaders Ken and Margaret Hughes celebrated 60 years of marriage yesterday.

Ken, aged 81, and Margaret, aged 80, from Charingworth Road, met on a blind date at a works dance on January 2 1948.

Ken was home on leave from the Navy - they danced all night and next day Ken took Margaret to St Andrew’s.

That evening they went to another dance at Ken’s old school, Sparkhill Commercial, and on the way home they were already talking about marriage. They corresponded on a daily basis until Ken was demobbed in August 1949.

It took two years to save up enough money to get married, but the big day came on March 17 1951. We asked Margaret what the secret is to a happy marriage.

“Give and take, I suppose,” she said. “We didn’t have our own house when we got married and we lived with my parents. Instead of having everything we got along with it, until we could afford to buy a place of our own.”

The newlyweds spent nine years in Olton and are now 45 years in Elmdon.

The couple have two adopted children Jane and Mark and four grandchildren.

Ken worked for Laings the builders and Margaret had ‘101’ jobs in offices and worked in a hairdressers until she was 70.

Both have been scouting for more than 40 years and were founder members of Solihull Gang Show in 1981.

Margaret is an active member of the Scout Fellowship and Ken is currently Assistant County Secretary.

They celebrated their diamond anniversary with a lunch out yesterday and family and friends will join them on Sunday.

 

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