19th Nov, 2019

A match made in heaven: Catshill couple celebrate diamond anniversary

Anu Shukla 12th Nov, 2016

A COUPLE who met in the 1950s celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary at St John’s Court last month.

Roy and Ruby Wilkes enjoyed a four-year courtship before they married in October 1956.

The happy couple spent an afternoon chatting, reminiscing and enjoying food and drink with family and friends.

There was also musical entertainment provided by their son Alan.

Roy and Ruby said they had a wonderful time and were overwhelmed by the number of loved ones who joined them to celebrate their special day.

The couple sparkled with joy as they received more than 70 cards – one of which was from HM the Queen.

Ruby, who lives in Catshill, travelled to St John’s Court where Roy lives, for the occasion.

She said: “It was like getting married all over again, being at home and getting ready for the celebrations without Roy there.”

The couple have been life-long Methodists and Roy was the church organist for some 55 years.

Over the years, his roles included choir master, treasurer and Sunday school teacher/leader.

As a member of the Silver Jubilee Barbershop Quartet, he also played many concerts in the area.

He worked as an electrician and plant engineer for Severn Trent Water, while Ruby was a stay-at-home mum before working as a child minder and catering assistant at North Worcestershire College. She has also been very involved in church life and activities.

The couple have four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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