On Saturday, 22 August, 60 years since marrying at St Mary’s Church, High Green, parishioners Les and Peggy Bennett of Mortomley Lane, High Green, returned to the altar for a blessing conducted by parish priest, Fr Andrew Browne.
During the blessing, when asked by Fr Andrew what they thought made a happy marriage, Les replied that their family was particularly important to them.
This theme was reinforced later as the Diamond Wedding celebrations continued at a gathering at Tankersley Manor, when daughter, Jill, said during her speech to toast the couple, “We are so proud of you and of all you’ve achieved together. We owe you so much for giving us such a happy childhood and for supporting us through everything we’ve done. We know you are always interested in absolutely everything we and our families do and we can share all our highs and lows with you and get help and advice from you both.
“Thank you for all the fun and laughter you’ve brought into our lives over the years and still do – throughout our lives you’ve been an inspiration to us and if we can all achieve marriages like yours we will be very proud.”
The celebrations were attended by their four daughters and sons-in-law and twelve grandchildren, as well as other close family. Les, who grew up in Chapeltown, and Peggy, born and brought up in High Green, married in 1955 and moved to Sheffield Lane Top for most of their married life, returning to their roots in High Green 10 years ago, where they are familiar faces at St Mary’s Church.