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Still just as happy 60 years later

IT all started in Lancaster as innocent teenagers, but now 60 years on William and Margaret Cragg remain happy as ever after recently celebrating their diamond anniversary.

IT all started in Lancaster as innocent teenagers, but now 60 years on William and Margaret Cragg remain happy as ever after recently celebrating their diamond anniversary.

Hand in hand, the proud couple from Brooksby Close in Dorridge smile and reminisce their first few days together as youngsters growing up in Lancashire.

"The secret of a successful marriage is to give and take", said Margaret.

"We both look after each other and never fall out. People are precious and you only have one chance."

After been separated in the Second World War, the pair who are now both in their eighties re-united when Bill came out of the air force.

A 'special' day followed as they married at Lancaster Christ Church on July 24, 1948.

Margaret was working as a hairdresser when they left the Northwest for Nottingham in 1960. The move was to accommodate Bill's employment as he was contracted to the Central Electricity Generating Board.

However their stay in the East Midlands was brief and following a move to Birmingham, they have now been located in Dorridge for 19 years.

The couple have one daughter, 49-year-old Elizabeth, who they describe as 'wonderful, kind and caring', and three grandchildren; John, 24, Isabel, 22, and Alice, 14.

Close friends and neighbours celebrated Bill and Margaret's anniversary last Thursday in their pleasant village home.

On Sunday the family commemorated the event with a party that included a pianist and a dancing display from their talented grand-daughters.

"It was a very busy day, but it was lovely and we both enjoyed it," added Margaret.

 

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