As HER Majesty the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, for one Newtownabbey couple, Monday, June 4, also held very special significance.
It was Len and Sadie Macauley’s Diamond Wedding anniversary. The Rathcoole couple were married on June 4, 1952 - the year the Queen’s reign commenced. Their nuptials took place at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast and were conducted by Rev. G.A Mitchell.
60 years on, their family has grown to include 3 children, 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Len, aged 84, and Sadie, 82, got a fabulous surprise on Saturday, June 2, when a special anniversary card arrived from none other than the Queen herself!
The special congratulatory greeting which was hand-delivered to their Rathmore Drive home, took pride of place at a family party held at their daughter Cathy Gordon’s house later that day.
Len and Sadie said enjoying their big day on a day of national celebration was truly “a wonderful feeling”.
Len said: “It gives you a bit of a lift thinking about it - the Royal family is great with people and they’re great with kids too.”
Sadie added: “It’s a nice thought, but we’ve had a good marriage. We’ve always been happy and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Cathy said both her parents were delighted to receive a congratulatory greeting from the Queen.
“They couldn’t believe it and were really chuffed and it had pride of place at a party that was attended by around 40 members of the family on Saturday,” she said.