Big day for golden couple

Jimmy and Ann Kelly, aged 71 and 68, of Upland Road, Grange Park, celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.
Jimmy and Ann Kelly, aged 71 and 68, of Upland Road, Grange Park, celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.

A devoted St Helens couple have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

Jimmy and Ann Kelly, of Upland Road, Grange Park, were married at St Helens parish church back in November 1963.

Jimmy and Ann Kelly pictured on their wedding day with both the couple parents on other side.

Jimmy and Ann Kelly pictured on their wedding day with both the couple parents on other side.

Now aged 71 and 68 respectively, they marked their anniversary alongside friends and family with a party at the Ravenhead club.

Jimmy, who worked at Pilks for 30 years, and Ann, who worked at Remploy for years, have two children, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Ann said: “It was lovely to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary with all our family and friends.

“I still remember our wedding day vividly too. Me and Jimmy are both from big families and it was a real family affair.”

And the secret to the longevity of their marriage?

“Give and take,” she said, “it’s always six of one and half a dozen the other.

“It’s a bit of a trend in our families too. It will be my brother’s diamond wedding anniversary this year and Jimmy’s sister has been married 62 years.”

That the couple’s golden day is featured in the St Helens Reporter is something of a family tradition.

Both their parents’ 50th anniversary was reported in these pages during in the 1970s.