Many happy returns to Harrogate diamond couple

Monica and Eric Hudson. (S)
Monica and Eric Hudson. (S)

Monica and Eric Hudson were delighted to receive a telegram from the Queen as part of their diamond wedding anniversary celebrations.

The couple, originally from Batley, lived in Harrogate between 1966 and 1986 and are soon to move back to the town after leaving to live in Bury, Lancashire, when Eric was made redundant.

They married on Easter Monday, April 19, 1954 at St Joseph’s Church in Batley Carr in Dewsbury.

Monica said this week: “We had a wonderful anniversary with our friends from the parish and two of our daughters came.

“But the big one is going to be in May, and all the family will join us here for a party.

“There will be 33 of us, and that is just immediate family.”

After Eric got a job as an electrical engineer with Farnell’s of Wetherby, Monica and Eric moved to Harrogate where two of their seven children were born.

The pair are currently in the process of finding a flat in the town so that they can return to their family and old friends now they have retired.

Monica said: “We had 20 very happy years in Harrogate.

“The fact that we are moving back means it isn’t going to be alien to us, and we have still got friends there who we have kept in touch with.”

Their son Gerry said: “Monica and Eric are devoted to each other and have had a very happy and fulfilled marriage and family life.

“They are very proud of their family.

“In early May the whole family will be getting together to toast their health and celebrate their achievement.”

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