Diamond couple celebrate

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DIAMOND couple Annie and Cecil Robinson celebrated an incredible 60 years of marriage this week.

Cecil Robinson met Anna Carson in the Belfast City Mission and were married in Sinclair Seamen’s Presbyterian Church Belfast on January 22, 1951 followed by a reception in the Orpheus.

The newlyweds honeymooned in Dublin, “and we spent all our money,” said Cecil.

They moved to a house in Moyola Street in Belfast, before later moving to Church Crescent in Glengormley.

“Good living and God’s help, that’s helped us through the years,” continued Cecil.

“Of course we have had our ups and downs; I don’t think any married couple would say otherwise.”

Both Cecil and Annie worked in Gallagher’s tobacco factory and are regulars at Glengormley Presbyterian Church.

The couple, who received a telegram from Her Majesty The Queen to mark their momentous milestone, will celebrate their diamond anniversary with a visit to Stormont for lunch with their nephew, First Minister Peter Robinson, as well as a trip to the council offices at Mossley Mill to meet the Mayor.

Annie said: “We have three great children, Helen, David and Michael. Helen is the organiser and has put together all the celebrations for us, we have had a great time.

“Plus we have grand children and great-grandchildren, one who is getting married later this year.”

Cecil added: “Married life is fantastic, but you have to work at it.”