DIAMOND CELEBRATIONS FOR DONAGHADEE COUPLE

A DONAGHADEE couple were joined by family on Saturday, to celebrate their diamond anniversary – 60 years to the day they tied the knot.

Raymond and Hazel Moore (née Gracey), were married on March 2, 1964 in St Donard’s Church, Belfast. Their reception was in the Culloden Hotel, and they have kept the original receipts and menu for their special day.

The bridal party and guests sat down to a meal of cream of tomato soup, followed by fillet sole mornay, roast chicken chasseur with seasonal vegetables, roast and creamed potatoes, and ice cream gateau dessert, finished off with coffee. The menu shows the cost was 19/6d per head – with the receipt confirming a payment of £80 and 17 shillings.

Raymond and Hazel went on to have two children, David and Cathy; they are grandparents to Naomi, Judith, Andrew Lydia, Francesca and Benjamin, and great-grandparents to Andrew Peter, James Dean, Johnny and Naomi Ellen.

They were joined by the majority of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren at a celebration in Pier 36 in their hometown.

Pride of place at the anniversary party was a card from King Charles III and Queen Camilla, offering the couple congratulations on their special occasion.