'Sticking together is the key', say golden wedding couple
3:44pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
MARRIED life has its ups and downs - but sticking together through thick and thin is the key to a long and happy union, say John and Joan Greenhalgh.
The happy couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with family and friends and Mrs Greenhalgh says they have been “richly blessed”.
They first met in Moss Bank Park where Mr Greenhalgh was playing tennis and they were married, in September 1953, in Christ Church, Heaton.
Mr Greenhalgh, aged 84, is a former journalist with the Bolton Standard newspaper who went on to work in education, both in teaching and for the Northern Examining Association.
Mrs Greenhalgh, aged 82, also worked in a school, as a secretary, and later became a flower arranging tutor.
They are both committed Christians and Mr Greenhalgh is a lay reader in St Peter’s Church, Smithills and other local churches.
Mr and Mrs Greenhalgh, who live in Heaton, have two children, 56-year-old Paul Greenhalgh — who lives in Bolton — and 53-year-old Kay Munayer — who lives in Israel — as well as seven grandsons.
Although they enjoy spending time together — particularly going on holidays abroad — they also have their own interests and John is a keen player of crown green bowls and Mrs Greenhalgh is enthusiastic about her art projects, including painting.
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