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Diamond couple celebrate 60 years

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 30, 2013

Trevor and Margaret Rushton with their memory book and card from The Queen.

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A STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands born and bred couple are celebrating 60 years of marriage.

Trevor and Margaret Rushton, who live in Cheddleton, were married at Cauldon Church on August 22, 195,3 by Reverend ER Grant.

The couple had known each for a number of years before they started courting, after meeting at a dance in Cauldon.

Margaret had been born and raised in Broomy Shaw, between Winkhill, Waterhouses and Cauldon Lowe.

Trevor was born and bred at the Post Office in the village where they met.

After a number of years courting, Trevor proposed to Margaret on the beach at Rhyll, when the pair were on a family holiday.

When they married, Margaret, who was aged 22 at the time, worked at William Tattons in Buxton Road, Leek, as a shorthand typist, while Trevor worked as a mechanic at the Harris Motor Company, which used to be located in Salisbury Street, Leek. Margaret later turned her hand to book-keeping, still at Tattons, before stopping work to start a family in 1957.

Meanwhile, Trevor changed employers that same year, moving to be an engineer for the local Highways Department in Ladderedge, fixing and maintaining the gritter lorries kept there.

The Rushtons have three children: Michael, aged 56; Carolyn, aged 52; and Nigel, aged 54. Tthey also have seven grandchildren.

Trevor said: “The grandchildren do keep us busy. They are brilliant, always visiting us.” Margaret, now aged 82, and Trevor, aged 86, have lived in the same house in Cheddleton since they got married six decades ago.

They enjoy going out together, in particular to see theatre shows.

At home, Margaret enjoys knitting and breeding guinea pigs, while Trevor enjoys reading.

They also enjoy doing crosswords together and even won a car by sending in a completed crossword for a competition in a national magazine 10 years ago.

As for the secret of such a long-lasting marriage, Margaret said: “We have a happy marriage.

“Yes, we have had problems, but we have had each other to keep each other going.” Trevor said: “It’s all about not being over ambitious but just being content with what we’ve got.

"Yes we do argue, but it is always good natured.” Margaret added: “We don't fight. We just say it then forget about whatever it was.” The couple are being treated by family to a few days in Llandudno as part of their Diamond wedding anniversary celebrations.

Margaret said: “We have not been to Llandudno since having the children. We are looking forward to it.” Trevor and Margaret, who have received a congratulatory card from The Queen, have also been given a memory book by their daughter Carolyn, which contains photographs from their wedding day back in 1953.

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