A south Derry couple recently celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary with family and friends.
Ralph and Olive Kells, from Moneymore, were married in Carndaisy Baptist Church on the foothills of Slieve Gallion on July 26, 1956.
The officiating minister Pastor Robert A Boggs, Tobermore, helped the couple - who were introduced to each other while on a bus trip during a Sunday school outing to Belfast - ‘tie the knot’.
The well known couple went on to have a family of eight and 15 grand children.
Both Ralph and Olive were born and brought up in the Moneymore area and come from large families.
Ralph, who was fond of outdoor activities in his younger years, particularly game shooting, was one of a family of 12 while Olive came from a family of 11.
Both were keenly involved in bowling over the years and enjoyed gardening.
At a special celebration meal in the Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown, last week the couple cut a cake to mark 60 years together.
They were joined by family and friends for this memorable occasion, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone attending.
The get together provided an opportunity for reflection on the years that have passed as well as looking forward to the future.
“It’s a great evening for us all,” said daughter Audrey. “Mum and dad enjoyed themselves and so did the rest of us. It was a really special occasion.”
Audrey thanked everyone who helped to make the celebration dinner such an outstanding success.
Instead of receiving gifts to mark the occasion, Ralph and Olive opted for donations in lieu to be made to MacMillan Cancer Support.