A CHRISTMAS Eve diamond wedding anniversary will be celebrated at a Sheffield care home – as Graham and Doris Lawson commemorate 60 years together.
The Laurels and The Limes Care Home, on Manchester Road, will throw a party for the pair, who married on Christmas Eve 1955.
Graham, 87, and Doris, 83, met at a Cutlers’ Hall dance in 1953 before marrying two years later at St John’s Church in Ranmoor.
“The first time I saw Doris,” said Graham, “I told my friend: ‘that’s the girl I’m going to marry’.”
Graham and Doris’s first date was a trip to Greystones Picture Palace, on Ecclesall Road. Within a year, Graham met with Doris’s father and asked for his daughter’s hand in marriage.
Graham said: “Doris and I thought it would be nice to marry on Christmas Eve. After the wedding ceremony we caught a train to London for our honeymoon, though most of the city was closed on Christmas day, and I remember it being very cold. But we did catch a couple of shows: The Pajama Game at the Palladium and Kismet.”
He and Doris lived in various areas of Sheffield, eventually settling in Sandygate.
Doris worked for the National Coal Board, at offices on Ecclesall Road South, and then for Woodhead Components on Alma Street, as secretary to the managing director.
Graham worked at the William Wards steelworks in Woodseats and then the parks department at Sheffield City Council. He was later a warrants officer for South Yorkshire Police at West Bar. He served on Sheffield City Council from 1990 to 1994 as a Conservative Councillor for Hallam.
Doris was diagnosed with dementia five years ago. Graham had their house adapted to care for her at home but, after falling ill, his daughter arranged for Doris to have respite care at The Laurels Care Home.
“When I came out of hospital,” said Graham, “I wanted Doris to come home with me but doctors and social service people said she would be better looked after in a specialist home.
“Doris moved to The Laurels permanently and I visit her every other day. I’m very happy with the care she receives.”
Graham added: “The home manager, Simon, is arranging a little party for us on Christmas Eve to celebrate our diamond anniversary.”
Graham and Doris have one daughter, Joanne, and two grandchildren, Christopher and Charlotte. Charlotte will be marrying her finance, Luke, in 2016, at the same church her grandparents exchanged wedding vows 60 years earlier.