Diamond day for Sheffield couple who met on a blind date

Sheffield Homes' tenants Margaret and Doug Richards felt like royalty last week as they celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on 14th June. A special guest was Lord Mayor Councillor John Campbell, who presented Margaret and Doug with a card and an engraved glass vase. They also received a card from the Queen.
Sheffield Homes' tenants Margaret and Doug Richards felt like royalty last week as they celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on 14th June. A special guest was Lord Mayor Councillor John Campbell, who presented Margaret and Doug with a card and an engraved glass vase. They also received a card from the Queen.

A BLIND date led to 60 years of marriage for one Sheffield couple.

Margaret and Doug Richards said they felt like royalty as they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a visit from Coun John Campbell, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, who called in with a special gift.

Coun Campbell gave the pair an engraved glass vase while they also received a card from the Queen.

Romance blossomed between the pair in 1949.

Doug had been writing to Margaret’s next door neighbour Betty and when on leave from the Army they arranged to meet - taking a friend along each.

She took Margaret to meet Doug and his soldier friend Ron - and the pair ended up writing to each other afterwards.

At their next joint cinema trip, only two seats were left and the rest is history.

Margaret, aged 81, said: “I think the secret to a happy marriage is give and take and have a sense of humour.

“We’ve had a few little arguments like any couple, but have always got on well together.

“Doug has never been mean to me and has always made me laugh.”

The pair were engaged in 1950 and married two years later - on June 14, 1952, at St Swithin’s Church, Manor.

They celebrated with a reception in the church hall, followed by a honeymoon in Jersey.

They then set up home in Crookes, where they lived in the same house for 59 years, until moving into Sheffield Homes’ Newton Croft Sheltered Housing scheme in November 2011.

Margaret and Doug, 83, celebrated their anniversary with a party for family and friends in Newton Croft.