Sam’s still the man for Margaret

tis  Sam and Margaret Cryer celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.  (130923M3b)
tis Sam and Margaret Cryer celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary. (130923M3b)

Former Harrogate Mayor Sam Cryer and his wife Margaret will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary today with family and friends.

They were married at Markington Church aged 18 after meeting at a dance at Bishop Thornton a year earlier.

“It seems like such a long time ago now,” said Mrs Cryer. “I remember going out for one of our first dates and the King had died so everything was closed and we just had to go home.”

Mr Cryer was Mayor of Harrogate in the town’s centenary year of 1983/84.

“It was an honour to be chosen to be the Mayor that year, it was such an important year,” said Mr Cryer.

“It was a fantastic year but very tiring,” said Mrs Cryer, “We attended 864 functions, three a day usually. People were very good to us and very generous.”

In total Mr Cryer served 15 years on Harrogate Borough Council, starting as an Independent before joining the Conservatives.

“I have a lot of good memories about being a councillor.

“I remember when the boundaries changed and I campaigned in Pateley Bridge.”

Mrs Cryer added: “I remember on election day people were chanting ‘Sam’s your man, Sam’s your man, Sam’s your man.’”

Mr Cryer stepped down to focus more on his business.

Mr Cryer started working at the family farm, Beckside Farm in Warsill before moving into the furniture business and then stonemasonry with Sam Cryer Ltd stone.

The couple are still working at the business alongside their son and son-in-law.

Their daughter, Julia Fulford, said: “They are still so hard-working.”

In 1981 Mr Cryer built Roundwood, nestled in the countryside near Bishop Thornton, where they still live: “One of our blessings in our married life is that we have been fortunate enough to live in such a lovely part of the world.”

When asked the secret to a happy marriage, Mr Cryer said: “What keeps a marriage together is respect, tolerance and, from a male point of view, it’s marrying a good cook!”

Mrs Cryer added that she thought working together was a positive in their marriage: “It’s no good one person working and one person spending.”

The couple have three children, Julia Alan and Michael, eight grand-children and two great-grandsons who will join them for a party today.